Chris Hayes Slams Trump Administration For Separating Immigrant Families: ‘Despicable’
In what MSNBC’s Chris Hayes reported Friday was “what appears to be the first time ever,” parents and children are being separated at the border “systematically” as what White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called a “tough deterrent” to families who enter the United States.
Children as young as 18 months are being “ripped out of the arms of their mother,” Hayes reported, adding it was for a very specific reason: “to punish the immigrants,” many of whom he said were “often seeking asylum”
Hayes went on to report that Kelly noted the children who were separated would be “taken care of – put into foster care or whatever.”
“If Kelly’s words, ‘or whatever,’ about the fate of an 18 month old don’t exactly fill you with confidence that the federal government has the wherewithal, the capacity or the intention to take care of these children, their track record makes it clear that your doubts are warranted,” Hayes explained.
Indeed, the Department of Health and Human Services has lost track of over 1500 migrant children who were separated from their parents at the border.
President Donald Trump weighed in Saturday about the practice, blaming the Democrats and claiming that they are “PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS”:
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
“It’s morally odious, it’s obviously despicable,” Hayes said to one of his guests, the ACLU’s Lee Gelernt. “I’m sorry, I’m editorializing.”
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