US President Donald Trump on Sunday again defended the practice of separating detained adult migrants from their children amid the death of a seven-year-old girl from Guatemala in Border Patrol custody.

The tragedy, which has resulted in nationwide outrage, occurred on December 6, near the city of Lordsburg, New Mexico.

“The Democrats policy of Child Separation [sic] on the Border during the Obama Administration was far worse than the way we handle it now. Remember the 2014 picture of children in cages — the Obama years. However, if you don’t separate, FAR more people will come. Smugglers use the kids!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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