US conservative Ann Coulter has prompted fury after she labelled immigrant children as “child actors.”
In recent days, distressing images of children being separated from their parents after crossing the US border have emerged following a change in immigration policy.
During a panel show on Fox News, Ms Coulter said that any children found “weeping and crying” are nothing more than “child actors.”
“These child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now – do not fall for it, Mr President. I get very nervous about the president getting his news from TV.”
Her comments come after President Donald Trump was forced to defend the “zero-tolerance” policy on immigration.
Mr Trump said the US would not become a “refugee holding facility”, comparing the potential outcome of a policy shift to “what’s happening in Europe.”
“The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” he said.
“You can look at what’s happening in Europe and in other places, we cannot allow that to happen. Not on my watch.”
The policy has been criticised by former First Ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.
Laura Bush wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post that she appreciates “the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”
While Ms Clinton said on Twitter: “We should be a better country than one that tears families apart, turns a blind eye to women fleeing domestic violence and treats frightened children as a means to a political end.”