DONALD Trump has fired back after an outpouring of emotion over family separations at the United States border that has seen his government repeatedly compared to the Nazis.
As his own supporters turn on him, the President stands firm, convinced he won the election on a promise of an immigration crackdown, and that is what Americans want.
But many insiders believe his policy of separating young children from their parents could be the nail in the coffin for the bullet-proof commander-in-chief.
He took to Twitter to reiterate his claim that the blame for America’s border nightmare lay with Democrats, who he said wanted immigrants to “infest” the US.
Mr Trump insisted he had no choice but to criminally prosecute every adult crossing into the US from Mexico, meaning “you have to take children away”.
As he prepared to head to Congress on Tuesday afternoon to debate the “zero tolerance” policy introduced in April, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state will sue the Trump administration “for violating the Constitutional rights of immigrant children and their families who have been separated at the border.”
The President early indicated he does not want to support either of two bills designed to move towards a solution to the family separation issue.
He instead wanted a bill that would guarantee funding to build his border wall, he told the National Federation of Independent Business.
Senior politicians suggested increasing the number of judges to speed up immigration hearings, but Mr Trump insisted it was security, not judges, that America needed.
More than 2000 children have been separated from their parents at the border in the past six weeks, and distressing images and audio have emerged of youngsters crying for their mothers and fathers.
In a tape obtained by ProPublica, a Border Agent jokes in Spanish: “Well, we have an orchestra here. What’s missing is a conductor.”
World leaders, senior Democrats and Republicans, the United Nations and religious leaders have united to speak out against the damaging policy.
Governors across the US are now queuing up to say that they will not support the separations, with New York, Colorado and Massachusetts saying they will not provide troops to help secure the border — and Maryland recalling its soldiers.
“In the face of this ongoing human tragedy, let me be very clear: New York will not be party to this inhumane treatment of immigrant families,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “We will not deploy National Guard to the border, and we will not be complicit in a political agenda that governs by fear and division.”