14:55 GMT25 October 2020
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    The statement comes amid a partial government shutdown, just a day after Trump threatened to close Southern Border entirely, urging Democrats to provide $5 billion funding for the border wall construction and to change immigration laws.

    The US President blamed the Democratic party for the deaths of the migrant children, calling their immigration policies "pathetic" and adding that the US Border Patrol needs a wall in order to prevent tragic incidents.

    According to the President, two children that had died at the border "were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol".

    The comment comes several days after 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died after being apprehended with his father over an illegal attempt to enter the United States. Earlier this month, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl also passed away after being detained together with her father for illegal entry in the country.

    In 2017, Trump signed an executive order, initiating the process of building a wall along the US-Mexico border. The administration has requested $5 billion for the project,  which Democrats and some Republicans oppose. Earlier this month Trump has declared that the federal government would be in a state of the partial shutdown until he and the Democrats are able to reach a deal on border security issues.


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