HHS Sec: What We’re Doing to Help Migrant Children ‘One of the Great Acts of American Generosity’


Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that what the U.S. government is doing with migrant children being detained at the southern border is “one of the great acts of American generosity and charity.”

Azar appeared on CNN Tuesday night where he faced a grilling from Wolf Blitzer over why he’s turning away the news media and members of Congress from visiting detention centers where child migrants are being held, after being separated from their families.

The HHS Secretary maintained that he “wants to be transparent” and has “nothing to hide about how we operate these facilities.”

“It is one of the great great acts of American generosity and charity what we are doing for these unaccompanied kids who are smuggled into our country or come across illegally,” Azar said.

The Trump administration came under heavy fire after implementing a zero-tolerance policy earlier this year that detained child migrants separate from their families. After a backlash, Trump reversed the policy with an executive order, but not before nonsensically blaming it on Democrats.

The children are currently being held at detention camps, and the Trump administration missed its first deadline to reunite families on Tuesday.

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