Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera wondered when Republicans became the “party of child abuse” as outrage continues to grow over President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that is ripping children away from their parents at the Mexican border.
“Twenty-three-hundred children have been torn from their parents forcibly!” Rivera said on Sean Hannity’s Fox show on Tuesday. “These are little babies, 18 months old. These are 10-year-olds with disabilities! Taken from their parents. This is impossible. We cannot condone this. The Republicans are the party of faith and family.”
“When did we become the party of child abuse?” a heated Rivera said.
Rivera and Hannity continued to spar over the policy that has resulted in thousands of children being taken to detention centers without their parents.
Hannity blamed the standoff on Democrats, accusing them of trying to obstruct the president’s immigration agenda, and said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is playing politics with the separations and a fix for the Obama-era Dreamers program.
“Fix the law and do your job,” Hannity said.
“This is cruelty as policy,” Rivera shot back, his voice rising. “This is an obscenity.”
“This is the government of the United States and the president that we both love advocating a system by which young children are torn from their mother,” he said. “History will judge us, Sean. We must take a stand on something.”
Hannity asked Rivera if he would support an emergency session of Congress to stop the separations, fix the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals and fund the wall on the Mexican border, saying “it can happen tomorrow.”
“I agree. But before tomorrow, tonight, the president should end this policy,” Rivera said.
“You aren’t answering my question,” Hannity countered.
“I do not condone child abuse,” Rivera said.
“Don’t play politics, you can’t be that naive,” Hannity pressed.
“There are 2,300 babies without their mothers tonight,” Rivera noted.
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