Ivanka Trump discussed what she called a “low point” in her time in Washington DC when appeared at a forum hosted by Axios recently.
Ivanka said she disagreed with her father’s policy of separating families along the southern border. She claims that she was very affected by the policy. Ivanka said of family separations, “That was a low point for me as well.” Ivanka continued, “I feel very strongly about that, and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children.”
Ivanka fell short of harshly criticizing her father and the administration of which she is part. She went on to discuss how difficult the immigration issue is. She said, “I think immigration is incredibly complex as a topic, illegal immigration is incredibly complicated.” She added, “I am a daughter of an immigrant, my mother [Ivana Trump] grew up in Communist Czech Republic, but we are a country of laws. She came to this country legally.”
She shifted the tone, talking about the necessity of changes to the immigration system. Her comments sounded like an attempt at a justification of the policy she says she vehemently disagreed wtih.
She said, “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. These are not easy issues. These are incredibly difficult issues. And like the rest of the country, I experience them in a very emotional way.”
.@IvankaTrump: "That was a low point for me as well. I feel very strongly about that. I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children…immigration is incredibly complex as a topic." #axios360 pic.twitter.com/shU32wprwu
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