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USA: Beto criticises Trump 'family separation' policy in Minneapolis campaign speech

United States, Minneapolis
May 09, 2019 at 06:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Wednesday slammed US President Donald Trump's family separation policy during a 2020 campaign speech in Minneapolis.

Addressing the crowd assembled at Edison High School, O'Rourke discussed the negative consequences of separating youngsters from their migrant parents including the often-irreversible emotional toll on the children's psyche.

''When those kids are lucky enough to see their parents, there are not tears of joy coming down that kids' cheeks, there is not a big goofy smile on their face,'' said Rourke who added children were left unable to reconnect with their parents.

46-year-old O'Rourke, who is seeking the Democratic Party 2020 presidential nomination, has been a vocal opponent of Trump's migration and family separation policies.

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Wednesday slammed US President Donald Trump's family separation policy during a 2020 campaign speech in Minneapolis.

Addressing the crowd assembled at Edison High School, O'Rourke discussed the negative consequences of separating youngsters from their migrant parents including the often-irreversible emotional toll on the children's psyche.

''When those kids are lucky enough to see their parents, there are not tears of joy coming down that kids' cheeks, there is not a big goofy smile on their face,'' said Rourke who added children were left unable to reconnect with their parents.

46-year-old O'Rourke, who is seeking the Democratic Party 2020 presidential nomination, has been a vocal opponent of Trump's migration and family separation policies.

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