Arnold Schwarzenegger: We Should Cage Politicians, Not Kids

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has weighed in on the ongoing row over the Trump administration's border policy, suggesting politicians, rather than children, should be put in cages.

The former California governor and long-time critic of President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening about the controversial policy. Under the policy, families found to be crossing into the U.S. illegally are separated, with parents taken to federal jail and children into the custody of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

"As an immigrant, I know the magnetic power of America's greatness. As a former border Governor, I know the importance of securing our border and fixing our absurdly broken immigration system. As an American, I know that kids shouldn't be pawns while the "adults" figure it out," Schwarzenegger wrote.

"The administration is right that we need to fix our immigration system. But if anybody is going to be in a cage while we wait for a comprehensive reform, let's make it the politicians who don't do their jobs in the cages, not innocent kids," he added.

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Schwarzenegger joined a growing number of voices criticizing the policy, which has resulted in the separation of more than 1,995 minors from 1,940 adults, according to a Homeland Security report obtained by the Associated Press .

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In recent days, audio footage has emerged of a group of children being held in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility being mocked by a guard for crying, while new reports have revealed that babies and toddlers are being separated from their parents and sent to "tender age" shelters under the policy.

Indeed, news of the tender age shelters prompted MSNBC host Rachel Maddow to break down in tears as she presented the news, while child experts have warned that babies and toddlers placed in such shelters could face life-long damage from the experience.

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