Psaki: Joe Biden Isn't ‘Ripping Kids from Arms of Parents’ Like Trump
WH Press secretary defends Biden's cages for immigrant children
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defending Joe Biden's migrant facility near the U.S. Mexico border by claiming they weren't “ripping kids from the arms of their parents."
During an interview on ABC’s “The View," co-host Meghan McCain asked:
“This week, a migrant facility that operated under the Trump administration for only a month in September of 2019 is being reactivated to hold up to 700 children ages 13 to 17.”
“President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris repeatedly spoke out against kids in cages. I feel like this is the same thing, and that you’re still detaining kids at the border, and it’s not meaningfully different than what President Trump was doing.”
“Absolutely not, the same thing Meghan. We are not ripping children from the arms of their parents."
"That is horrible and something we saw in the last administration, but we’re seeing kids are fleeing prosecution."
"They’re fleeing really difficult circumstances in their home country, and they’re coming to the border, and we have to figure out how to treat them humanely and team them safe and keep them safe, and in a time of COVID," she said.
Jen Psaki: Biden's open borders policy is not kids in cages because they're providing "educational services" for migrant children.— Rising serpent 🇺🇸 (@rising_serpent) February 25, 2021
So let me get this straight: Biden wants education for migrant children, but not for American kids?
"We had to have educational services, so we could have legal services and medical and health services and have those kids in there treated humanely until we can find proper homes, family placements for these kids."
"This is incredibly difficult. It’s heart-wrenching, and it’s a really difficult decision, and it’s the best decision we could make to keep these kids safe until we can get them to the right places and the right homes.”
“I just wanted to know, are you or are you not detaining children in a different facility?”
“Well, Meghan, this is a facility that was reopened. It was revamped, and it was redone to have these kids in a place where they could have access to educational services, health services so they could find proper homes."
"We can’t send them directly to families that haven’t been vetted. We’ve seen issues with that in the past," Psaki added.
"We can’t have them all in the former HHS facility because of COVID, and we need to make sure there are safety protocols, so they’re not in beds next to each other.”
“What’s important, and what we all have the responsibility to do, is communicate what this is and what this is not."
"This is a facility, and we had to open a new one to make sure we have the safety protocols in order to address the COVID needs and the health and safety needs because we can’t have as many kids in the former HHS facility."
"That’s exactly what we did, but our objective is to get these kids into safe homes with their families as quickly as possible."
"We are absolutely not doing what the former president did, and what frankly the current president and the current vice president objected to, which is ripping kids from the arms of their parents. That is not the policy of this administration and not something we would do.”
“It’s absolutely not the same, and that’s our objective. You know, we want these kids to be safe. We want them to be treated humanely."
"We can’t send them back on the journey they just went on. That is not the right choice, but we need to make sure that we are finding their families."
"That’s hard too. There’s not the data and the history, thanks to the last administration. So this is incredibly difficult."
"We want these kids to be with their families, to be reunited. We want they can to be with family members. It’s going to take some time, and we also want them to be safe during a time where there’s a global pandemic, and that required the opening and revamping of this facility.”