Psaki pushes back on criticism over Biden admin ‘detaining’ migrant children

Both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spent much of the 2020 campaign season demonizing Donald Trump and his approach to immigration, particularly at America’s southern border.

One of the hottest points of contention came in the form of allegations that the Trump administration was holding migrant kids “in cages.” But amid reports that Biden has reopened what Fox News called a “child migrant detention facility” in southern Texas, the new administration is feeling the heat, too — and they don’t seem very willing to open up about it.

Psaki admits it

During an appearance Thursday on ABC’s The View, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was pressed by host Meghan McCain on how Biden’s policies differ from his predecessor’s.

“Absolutely not the same thing, Meghan,” Psaki said, according to Breitbart. “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 persecution.”

Psaki charged Thursday that migrant children are “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.”

“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,” Psaki said, as Breitbart reported.

“This is incredibly difficult,” the press secretary insisted. “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.”

AOC: “This is not okay”

But McCain wasn’t satisfied. “I just wanted to know,” she reportedly asked, “are you or are you not detaining children in a different facility?”

“Well, Meghan, this is a facility that was reopened,” Psaki replied, according to Breitbart. “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.”

Psaki added: “We can’t send them directly to families that haven’t been vetted. We’ve seen issues with that in the past. 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.”

Of course, that response isn’t likely to satisfy critics like progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who tweeted of Biden’s move: “This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay — no matter the administration or party.”

The New York congresswoman went on to advocate “reimagining our relationship to each other and challenging common assumptions we take for granted” in the realm of immigration. But it doesn’t seem like the de facto leader of her party is fully on board with that idea.

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  1. They lie about everything and there lying about illegal immigrant especially the children.And the democrat press in lying too ,that’s what they do.Polise needs to be impeached,I pray she gets that she does.They didn’t care about the bissnesses they let the peaceful rioters burn.It was a block party,give me a brake.The press lied about that.So if they don’t report it the dumb democrat don’t know how crooked they are.But they really care.All BS

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    1. But the democrats have a reasonable explanation for their actions. They sat in rooms for hours coming up with one. It’s still b/s . But the democrats believe it. It is different than Trump. Right?

      1. Trump wasn’t the one who put these detention centers in the South, it was and has always been the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, period, Trump’s administration was DUMPED, with this chaos, but the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION was NEVER TRUTHFUL either, they allowed the Trump’s administration be BLAMED for they’re own screw ups

  3. The democrats always lie about everything. The American people all know this to be a fact. When are the real Americans going to rise up and take action against the damn democrats for everything that they are doing to our country and the people of this country.

  4. They are getting educated while schools still stayed closed for our kids. Is this right. Them cages were there when Obama was president, they did not care then.

  5. These children are coming with people they are not related to and their parents use them as pawns to obtain entrance to our country. The current administration really thinks we are stupid and uneducated people. Our schools are closed but they get educated. Our people are homeless and they get homes. Our people are hungry but they get food. What is this country becoming? All Americans Lives are Important and valuable!

  6. The “cages” have been RE-OPENED and BIDEN is packing them in. Whose the Monster now? No matter how the Biden administration tries to justify their actions, a cage, is a cage, is a cage.

  7. The right place for these children is in their own beds in their own homes in their own country with their own families feeling safe in their own culture.

  8. It’s all BS – where are the articles of Impeachment filed against Biden by Greene is it covered up by Dems & RINO’s – what’s the story – We the People did not forget about it – they ight have taken away Greene’s committees but she is still there

  9. Dems are abominable liars and cheats and fixed the election. There should be a re-vote to fix this travesty or spare that and give the reins back to Trump /Pence before we become the next Chinese takeover. Screw the constitution on this-Dems have broken the rules repeatedly.

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