On Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen responded to a reporter’s allegations that her department was engaging in child abuse by separating children from their families.
Nielsen handled the questions from reporters masterfully. She said that the growing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border “is not new.”
“This entire crisis, just to be clear, is not new,” Nielsen told reporters at the top of the White House briefing. “It’s been occurring and expanded over many decades. But currently, it is the exclusive product of loopholes in our federal immigration laws that prevent illegal immigrant minors and family members from being detained and removed to their home countries.”
“In other words, these loopholes create a functionally open border. Apprehension without detention and removal is not border security,” Nielsen added.
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny asked Nielsen: “How is this not specifically child abuse when these innocent children who are indeed being separated from their parents?”
Nielsen shot back: “I want to be clear on a couple other things. The vast, vast majority of children who are in the care of HHS right now, 10,000 of the 12,000, were sent here alone by their parents. That’s when they were separated. So somehow we’ve conflated everything but there’s two separate issues.”
“10,000 of those currently in custody were sent by their parents with strangers to undertake a completely dangerous and deadly travel alone. We now care for them,” she continued. “We have high standards. We give them meals. We give them an education. We give them medical care. There’s videos. There’s TVs. I’ve been visited the detention centers myself. That would be my answer to that question.”
Zeleny asked if the other 2,000 children were victims of abuse, to which Nielsen replied that she doesn’t deal in “hearsay.”
The truth is, no one wants a child taken from their parents. But what about US citizens who commit a crime? Aren’t they separated from their children?
Let’s face it, all criminals are separated from their children. Being separated from their children and putting them in the government’s care is a consequence of the parent’s poor decision to BREAK THE LAW.
But, it disturbs me the most that liberals didn’t care about this matter under Obama. Because even tho he deported more than any other president, nobody cared until Trump vowed to do something about immigration. Then it was all hands on deck. Hypocrisy is mind-numbing.
It is well-known that the Obama administration failed to protect thousands of Central American children who have flooded across the U.S. border since 2011, leaving them vulnerable to traffickers and to abuses at the hands of government-approved caretakers.
And now, they blame federal laws, for separating mothers and children. Okay. Who brought those children across the border illegally in the first place?
These people should never have come here illegally. They are responsible for the loss of their own kids. The parents created the problem. If they didn’t sneak across the border with their kids, they’d still be together. It’s terrible for the kids but their parents apparently don’t care.
Do you agree?
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Natalie D. is an American conservative writer who writes for Supreme Insider and Conservative US, ! Natalie has described herself as a polemicist who likes to “stir up the pot,” and does not “pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do,” drawing criticism from the left, and sometimes from the right. As a passionate journalist, she works relentlessly to uncover the corruption happening in Washington. She is a “constitutional conservative”.