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Ivanka Trump on Child Separation: ‘We Are a Country of Laws’

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CHARLIE SPIERING

President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump defended the administration’s tough immigration enforcement measures, reminding critics that America was a “country of laws.”

She commented on the issue during an interview with Axios executive editor Mike Allen who asked how she felt about the issue of child separations at the border.

“I feel very strongly about that and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children,” she said.

But Ivanka Trump defended the right for the administration to enforce the country’s immigration laws, citing her mother Melania Trump’s status as a legal immigrant.

“I am a daughter of an immigrant, my mother grew up in communist Czech Republic but we are a country of laws,” she said. “So, you know, she came to this country legally.”

Ivanka Trump warned that failing to enforce the immigration laws put more children at risk, admitting that immigration was a difficult issue that she felt a great deal of emotion about.

“We have to be very careful about incentivizing behavior that puts children at risk of being trafficked, at risk of entering this country with coyotes or making an incredibly dangerous journey alone,” she said.

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