Trump Claims Most Furloughed Government Workers Are 'Democrats'

Geraldine Edwards
December 31, 2018

While Trump is obsessed with his wall, he totally ignores the humanitarian crisis south of the border.

Politics makes unusual bedfellows and, for Donald Trump, odd tweets.

The deaths of Jakelin Caal, 7, on December 7, and Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, on December 24, have raised questions about the care of immigrants who are in USA government as the Trump administration has toughened rules for those entering the country without authorization, including families with children.

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Meanwhile, America's government shutdown - now in Day 7 - will likely carry into next week and the new year as Congress refuses to budge in the standoff.

Trump published his tweet amid a row with Democrat senators over including funding for the construction of a wall on the Mexican border, aimed at preventing people from illegally crossing into the United States, into the public spending bill.

No child had died in ICE custody for more than a decade before Trump started separating children from their parents and detaining them for months at a time. "If we had a Wall, they wouldn't even try!"

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Central American migrants defying all odds have climbed over a border fence in Tijuana on Thursday as many grow restless in shelters south of the border to get their asylum claims to US authorities. The Washington Post reported that Caal died of dehydration.

Felipe Gomez Alonzo and his father were held at a facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on Christmas Eve after days of being shuttled from one Border Patrol facility to another.

The government shutdown is now expected to carry on into next year. Instead, the little boy vomited and spiked a fever; he died at a New Mexico hospital.

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