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Newt: Optics on Border Separation Policy Hurt Trump 'Briefly'

(Fox News/"Fox & Friends")

By    |   Thursday, 21 June 2018 10:39 AM EDT

The policy that allowed children to be separated from their families at the nation's southern border hurt President Donald Trump "briefly," but even though he signed an executive order stopping the practice, Democrats were not happy with that, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday.

"I think he figured out it was not a sustainable policy," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

"He signed an executive order, but oddly enough, the very Democrats who want him to act came back immediately and didn't like the fact that he acted. But the president has the right position, which is yes, we want to keep children with their families. But we also want to control the border."

Democrats, meanwhile, "want to use the children as an excuse to go to an open border where tens of millions of people could flood into the United States," Gingrich added.

There has been a huge increase in the number of people coming out of Central America because of cartels and the Mexican government, he continued, pointing out that "even the Obama administration had a zero-tolerance policy."

"His administration in response to the huge increase of people coming out of central America and drug cartels of human trafficking on a large scale," said Gingrich of former President Barack Obama.

"His administration announced a zero-tolerance policy. He should have talked to him homeland security secretary. So, there is a certain amount of really remarkable hypocrisy on the left right now."

There is also no indication, said Gingrich, that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, has "any interest in fixing the law to help these children."

Instead, Schumer "just wants to attack," said Gingrich. "By the way, the Democrats introduced a bill sponsored it so badly written that it will be a major liability to the campaign this fall because it basically provides for open borders."

In addition, Democrats have said that if immigration legislation includes funding for a border wall, they won't vote for it, said Gingrich.

"The level of dishonesty and brutal partisanship we are living through is exactly what you get when you have this scale of change in the political structure," he added. "These were all Democrats who were prepared to work with Hillary Clinton, who are now prepared to fight literally all the way to the end against Donald Trump, no matter what Trump does.

"They are going to attack him for it and they are going to try to avoid helping. I think it's going to cost them six to eight seats in the Senate by the time it's over."

Two pieces of legislation on the immigration issue will come up for a House vote later on Thursday, but Gingrich said "It depends" if either pass.

"I think there is real anger in the House right now, a real sense this thing is totally messed up, a sense of really worrying about what the Senate will do or not do," said Gingrich.

"I mean, I was up on the Hill yesterday talking to members, and several said to me, 'look, I'm really to vote for this. I'm going to get beaten up by anti-immigrant activists having anything in here that's positive about immigration, even though it does include the wall.'"

Meanwhile, the debate is a simple one, said Gingrich: "Do you think the United States has a right to have a border that it protects? Or do you think we should have open borders and have 20 or 30 or 40 million people come here without any kind of vetting, without any kind of looking at who they are? Obviously, there are Democrats that believe they ought to have open borders."

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the policy that allowed children to be separated from their families at the nation's southern border hurt President Donald Trump "briefly."
newt gingrich, trump, border policy, democrats
Thursday, 21 June 2018 10:39 AM
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