White House chief of staff John Kelly argued that President Trump’s new policy of separating immigrant families seeking asylum is not heartless or “cruel” because when the parents are detained, children “will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions enacted the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy on border-crossing immigrants earlier this week, which calls for more prosecution of undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Sessions acknowledged the new policy would likely separate more families.
NPR’s John Burnett asked the chief of staff in a new interview about criticisms of the new policy, specifically that “people say that’s cruel and heartless to take a mother away from her children.”
“I wouldn’t put it quite that way,” Kelly responded. “The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever. But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.”
Kelly suggested that family separation would be a “tough deterrent” for asylum seekers.
Kelly also told Burnett that a vast majority of undocumented immigrants in the United States would not “integrate well” into society because they are “overwhelmingly rural” and unskilled.
The same was once said of Italians and of poor, Irish immigrants like John’s Kelly’s ancestors, when they came to the Unites States. I guess some people forget who they are and where they come from… https://t.co/VxqqItTTMr
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) May 11, 2018