Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that children who have been forcibly separated from their families have better care than many American kids.
“And these children are well cared for. In fact, they get better care than a lot of American kids do,” he wrote in a new op-ed in USA Today.
“They are provided plenty of food, education in their language, health and dental care, and transported to their destination city — all at taxpayer expense,” he continued.
The op-ed was published hours before President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would keep immigrant families together while in detention.
Sessions said he “will not put the children in jail. Instead, the children must be cared for by the Department of Health and Human Services, as the law requires.”
Sessions repeated one of his favorite talking points- citing that the need for the policy based on the abuse that the kids get from gangs like MS -13.
“Many unaccompanied children have been abused by smugglers or recruited by criminal gangs such as MS-13. There is nothing humane about encouraging human trafficking — but that is what open borders policies do. Everything the Trump administration is doing is helping put traffickers out of business.”
On Monday, the investigative nonprofit ProPublica published audio from inside one of the facilities in which children can be heard wailing, sobbing and calling out for their parents.
On Tuesday night, The Associated Press reported that children as young as infants were being separated and cared for in “tender care” facilities.
Dr. Colleen Kraft, the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told CNN that separating children from their parents “is nothing less than government-sanctioned child abuse.”
The president of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, said the separations could have persistent detrimental effects.
“The effect of this type of event will follow these children into adulthood and into their entire lives,” she said. “Our federal government is causing a situation that is creating a host of potential health consequences for an entire category of people.”