Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said today at a White House press briefing most of the illegal immigrant children in the care of the U.S. government were not split up with their parents because they were not accompanied by parents when they crossed the border.
Nielsen said the “vast, vast majority” of the children in federal custody were sent to the border with strangers. She went on to specify 10,000 of the 12,000 children arrived in the country without their parents.
“So I want to be clear on a couple of other things. The vast majority, vast vast majority of children who are in the care of HHS right now — 10,000 of the 12,000 — were sent here alone by their parents,” Nielsen stated.
The mainstream media has had a hard time nailing down the facts pertaining to the surge of illegal border crossings and how the Trump administration is handling it.
The New York Times and USA Today both issued corrections to stories regarding the status of 1,475 illegal immigrant children. Both papers stated they mischaracterized the status of these children and updated their articles to say these children, who came unaccompanied by parents, are now in the care of foster sponsors screened by the U.S. Department of Health and Hman Services.
The Washington Post issued a correction after falsely accusing the Trump administration of having a policy of separating families. They later clarified by stating the purpose of the administration’s policy “is not to separate undocumented parents and children.”
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