Tuesday was the court-imposed deadline for the Trump administration to reunite all immigrant children under the age of five with their parents. As you might expect, the administration didn’t meet the deadline, but the White House still wants us to believe they’re doing the best they can.
Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar made an appearance on CNN Tuesday evening, telling host Wolf Blitzer that his agency — which is responsible for the care of immigrant children who have been placed in internment facilities — is doing the best it can and adding:
“We have nothing to hide about how we operate these facilities.”
The facts, however, suggest otherwise. HHS and other federal agencies have repeatedly refused to allow either members of Congress or the media to see inside these so-called “tender age” facilities.
But it was what Secretary Azar said next that is likely to make your jaw hit the floor. Azar proudly declared that the conditions the children are being held is:
“One of the great acts of American generosity and charity, what we are doing for these unaccompanied kids.”
“We have nothing to hide about how we operate these facilities. … It is one of the great acts of American generosity and charity, what we are doing for these unaccompanied kids,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar says https://t.co/ryBqQ5uCVb pic.twitter.com/y90wFEnBOw
— CNN (@CNN) July 11, 2018
If that’s the case, shouldn’t every child in this country be placed in these wonderful camps? Wouldn’t that be the generous and charitable thing to do based on what Azar said?
How in the name of all that’s decent, is it the least bit generous to take children from their parents and then place them in cages as if they’re wild animals in a zoo?!
The administration says they’re doing their level best to reunite immigrant children with their parents, but the facts suggest otherwise. As ThinkProgress reports:
“HHS has done the bare minimum to help reunite families, making the parents responsible for their own reunification. U.S. officials recently told four immigrant women that they must pay for their own DNA tests in order to be reunited with their children, to prove they are, indeed, related. The tests are conducted by a private contractor on behalf of HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which oversees the care and housing of immigrant children.”
If this is “American generosity,” it boggles the mind to imagine what Secretary Azar’s definition of compassion must be.
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