President Donald Trump blamed Democratic immigration policies for the recent deaths of two young migrant children who perished while in custody of U.S. Border Patrol, in a series of Saturday tweets.

“Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. They can’t,” Trump wrote Saturday afternoon.

He added: “If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try!”

Trump’s reaction came four days after an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy with the flu died in government custody after surrendering to immigration authorities at the border with his father. He was the second child to die in government custody this month, following 7-year-old Jakelin Caal from Guatemala, who died on Dec. 8.

The two recent deaths of migrant children both involved cases of a child accompanied by a parent who illegally crossed the U.S. border.

President Trump continued: “The two children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days. Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end. They are working so hard & getting so little credit!”

The president is currently locked in a negotiations battle with Democratic lawmakers over how to end a partial government shutdown. Trump is demanding $5 billion in funding for a proposed wall along the southern border with Democrats refusing to give up more than $1.6 billion for border security.

Trump also explains why the Republicans did not get approval to build the Wall last year.

The president’s comments are in line with the administration’s prior statements mentioning about children who die in U.S. custody.

“Does the administration take responsibility for a parent taking a child on a trek through Mexico to get to this country? No,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said earlier this month.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator said this week that the boy, Felipe Gomez Alonzo, tested positive for influenza B. Officials cautioned that the cause of death is still under investigation.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen traveled to El Paso on Friday to assess how the agency is conducting medical screenings and to review conditions at Border Patrol stations following the deaths. Nielsen called the deaths “deeply concerning and heartbreaking” and cited U.S. immigration system failings for a growing border crisis.

By TheBL