Trump Officials Admit They Had No Plans To Reunite Immigrant Children With Parents, Say Child Jails Are Like ‘Summer Camp’
Officials from the Trump administration told a Senate Judiciary Committee that they had no plans in place to reunite jailed immigrant children with their parents.
Despite missing two court-ordered deadlines to reunite the children with their parents, the heads of Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security defended their actions and policies, notes The New York Times.
Matthew Albence (pictured above), the acting No. 2 official at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), claimed the child jails were “more like a summer camp”:
These [imprisoned children] have access to 24/7 food and water. They have educational opportunities. They have recreational opportunities, both structured as well as unstructured.
Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii asked if Albence would send his children to one of the centers, but Albence dodged the question.
Jonathan White, an executive director in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he and others warned — in private meetings — that the separation policy that split families would be harmful to kids, notes HuffPost:
There’s no question that separation of children from parents entails significant potential for traumatic psychological injury to the child.