NBC’s Jacob Soboroff: Trump Policies Resulted in the ‘Preventable, and Predictable’ Death of Migrant Child


Following the deaths of two migrant children in Border Patrol custody, NBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff laid blame at the foot of the Trump administration for its “aggressive deterrence policy that leads to dangerous crossings.”

“It makes you sick, honestly, to think about,” Soboroff said of Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, the second child to die in U.S. custody in three weeks. The NBC correspondent said holding Alonzo-Gomez for a week in a “dangerous” border processing station was a violation.

“It should have us talking why he was there for so long,” Soboroff continued. “And the answer is Trump Administration policies put this young boy, Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, in the situation where he and his father decided to cross in between ports of entry, present themselves to seek asylum, and we well know that it’s very difficult for people to seek asylum now in the legal way that historically people have used.”

Soboroff explained that even before Trump took office, border patrol processing stations were set up so that migrants would be funneled towards hazardous paths to the United States. Given Soboroff’s claim Trump’s more aggressive deterrence policy doesn’t really work, he found it “pretty preposterous” that the DHS is ordering medical exams for detained migrant children just now that two kids have died.

“Of course, it’s a tragedy these two kids died,” Soboroff said, “but it was preventable and predictable based on the fact we knew what these facilities were like all along.”

The Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff noted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is trying to avoid blame for the death of children in her statement on the tragedies. Woodruff emphasized the “unsafe” conditions in which migrants are held, adding “it should come as no surprise people who have taken the health risks of traveling to the United States would be vulnerable to potential sickness” in these holding facilities.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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