Evangelical leader Franklin Graham made a passionate statement against the policy of separating families who arrived at the U.S. border asking for asylum.
Here's what he said
"There is a new policy in regards to immigration, a lot of Christians are talking about this policy which appears to separating immigrant parents and children at the border," said CBN anchor Heather Sells. "What are your thoughts on that?"
"Well first of all, I think it’s disgraceful, and it’s terrible to see families ripped apart and I don’t support that one bit," he responded.
Graham, who has been a stalwart defender of the president, was speaking on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
"And I blame politicians for the last 20, 30 years that have allowed this to escalate to the point where it is today," Graham continued. "We are a country of a laws, laws need to be obeyed, no question about that, but the situation we have today as a result of our lawmakers in Washington over generations ignoring this."
"And I am hopeful that soon something can be done to fix it," he concluded.
Graham also praised Trump's efforts in North Korea, saying that other administrations brushed them off, and that the United States could save money by having U.S. troops return from South Korea.
Here's the video of Graham's comments from CBN:
Critics of the president have used the implementation of the family separation policy to accuse the administration of cruelty in relation to illegal immigrants and immigrant asylum-seekers.
Trump has responded by accusing Democrats of standing in the way of changing the immigration law.
"Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there [sic] parents once they cross the Border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL!" he tweeted.
Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there parents once they cross th… https://t.co/4a3owtmq0h— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1527343142.0
“Stop crossing the border illegally with children,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said about the policy. “Apply to enter lawfully. Wait your turn.”