President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sparked outrage on Wednesday when she declared that the childrens’ “own parents” and “open borders” advocates are responsible for the deaths of two children in U.S. Border Patrol custody.
“Our system has been pushed to a breaking point by those who seek open borders,” Nielsen said in a statement. “Smugglers, traffickers, and their own parents put these minors at risk by embarking on the dangerous and arduous journey north.”
Nielsen was immediately rebuked for supporting the White House’s anti-immigrant agenda.
“It is tragic, and unacceptable, that children are dying in US custody, regardless where they come from or why. I find it difficult to understand why any medical facility would release a child with a 103 fever on a guessed diagnosis with the knowledge that that child would not be under a doctor’s care,” wrote OldUncleTom
Commentators chastised Trump’s border policy as being ill-conceived and inhumane.
“Trump will say he’s protecting our country while executing his ill-conceived and inhumane border “policy”. You would think an American president could walk and chew gum at the same time,” wrote caroljs.
“Children in the custody of the Trump administration are dying, and the best the secretary of Homeland Security can do is blame those who seek open borders” and “parents.” These people are beyond repulsive. Never forget that,” tweeted Pejman Yousefzadeh.
National Nurses United condemned the Trump administration for the deaths of two young children in U.S. Border Patrol custody.
“Nurses, whose life work is to protect and heal, are appalled at the lack of humane treatment for vulnerable children, and their families, who are seeking refuge and safety in the U.S.,” said Bonnie Castillo, RN, executive director of NNU, in a statement on Wednesday. “Our government must stop treating these families, and their children as criminals. The imagery of a migrant child dying on Christmas day is especially disturbing, but we need a policy of caring and compassion every day.”
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