Trump blames 'horrible' immigration policy on Democrats

The president blames Democrats for children being taken from parents at border.

The president's efforts to deflect blame also comes amid a #WhereAreTheChildren backlash on social media against the policy.

In a Twitter post on Saturday, Trump accused Democrats of protecting violent MS-13 gang members who he says illegally breached the border from Mexico and Central America.

"Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there parents once they cross the Border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS," Trump wrote in his tweet.

The U.S. government places these children into the homes of sponsors or caregivers.

"The children will be taken care of -- put into foster care or whatever," White House chief of staff John Kelly said in a May 11 interview with NPR.

But while testifying before a Senate subcommittee on April 26, Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, said the Office of Refugee Resettlement was not able to account for the whereabouts of 1,475 migrant children it had placed.

The alarming news of the unaccounted children preceded a report released on Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union's Border Litigation Project that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents abused and neglected more than 100 unaccompanied migrant children in their custody between 2009 and 2014 under the administration of former President Barack Obama.

The new policy has also been roundly panned by celebrities on social media using the hashtag #WhereAreTheChildren.