The president called for Congress to draft a Summer immigration bill to address the ongoing problems at the border.
"These very bad pictures are from 2014, when the government's challenge was reconnecting unaccompanied minors who showed up at the border with family or a safe sponsor".
According to a report by the Washington Post, the missing 1500 children were "not separated" from their parents and were "unaccompanied alien children", or UACs, who reached the border on their own. But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.
"Your administration made the policy change to separate children from their parents", Representative Ted Lieu, Democrat of California, wrote on a tweet on Saturday that was addressed to the president.
"They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires", Trump tweeted.
Some of the photos began surfacing this week on Twitter, with a handful of liberal activists claiming that the children in the images were being detained by the Trump administration.
Favreau said Tuesday he later deleted the tweet after social media users pointed out that the photos were taken during the Obama administration. "Again, for no other reason, say you don't care about these children at the border - I don't believe that, she probably does - but you should care that it looks tone-deaf to some people". One photo shows two unidentified female detainees sleeping in a holding cell.
American singer Halsey called out Ivanka over her recently (May 27) posted photo with two year-old son Theodore, amidst the reports that the United States government could not account for almost 1,500 immigrant children in 2018. But he later issued a corrected tweet: "These terrible pictures are from 2014 when the government's challenge was reconnecting unaccompanied minors".
"This happened under Bush and Obama", McCain said, agreeing with co-host Sunny Hostin's argument that President Donald Trump was not responsible for policies that allowed the government to lose track of those children. As there is no place for minors in criminal jails, children travelling with parents "will be transferred to the custody of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement".
The focus on the separation of children from their parents is part of a broader debate about illegal immigration.
At issue is congressional testimony last month by Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary at HHS's Administration for Children and Families, whose agency is responsible for the care of unaccompanied minors when they arrive at the US border.