BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Calling in to WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Tuesday morning, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told WBZ's Josh Binswanger he was angered by the separation of children from their parents at the US-Mexico border--and called President Trump "heartless."
"It angers me so much to see the images on TV and in the newspaper of little kids taken from their mothers and their parents," Walsh said. "It's a horrible sight."
Nearly 2,000 minors have been separated from their families over a six-week period, the Associated Press reports, due to a "zero-tolerance" crackdown on illegal entry announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Figures Show About 2,000 Minors Separated From Families
The New York Times reported that Trump is opposed to separations and blames Democrats for the policy, saying "The Democrats have to change their law, that’s their law"--though the paper says there is no law requiring families to be separated at the border.
Walsh commented on President Trump's assertion that Democrats were to blame for the separation policy, saying "Trump is using the excuse of the Democrats and the Republicans--he's a heartless, heartless person."
The Times reported that White House advisers have blamed Democrats' opposition to Trump administration immigration policy--including the construction of a border wall--on the current situation, claiming that there would be no separations if Trump's proposed policies were in place. That led to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen denying Monday that the administration was using the separated children on the border as leverage to move Trump's immigration policies forward.
On Sunday, Rep. Joe Kennedy III tweeted about his attempt to visit a tent city for the separated migrant children, saying he was turned away by federal officials. And on Monday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called the separations "inhumane" and cancelled plans to send a Massachusetts National Guard crew to the border.
Listen to Walsh's comments: