CNN Symone Sanders: U.S. Effort to Stop Illegal Border Crossings ‘Harkens Back’ to Times of Slavery (Video)

CNN Symone Sanders: U.S. Effort to Stop Illegal Border Crossings ‘Harkens Back’ to Times of Slavery (Video)

CNN Symone Sanders said enforcing border security policies on illegals “harkens back to times of slavery”…

Monday on CNN’s “The Lead,” Symone Sanders, CNN contributor and former press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, compared the Trump administrations efforts to stop illegal border crossing at the U.S.-Mexico border to what the country did “during times of slavery.”

Sanders claimed that illegals crossing the border with children is similar to times of slavery in America, which is absolutely ludicrous. No one is forcing these people to cross the border illegally knowing there is a chance they will be separated from their children. The same process was in place during Obama’s administration and they did not complain.

“I don’t think it could work as a deterrent,” Sanders said. “But what it’s doing is demonstrating that the America who we say we want to be is not, in fact, America that we actually are. Look, Sen. Kamala Harris, when the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Nielsen, was in fact before the Judiciary Committee a couple of weeks ago asked her about this particular policy, and specifically asked about the individuals who were charged with separating these young people from their parents — how are they being trained, and were they, in fact, being trained?”

“And what we’ve seen in transcripts from mothers and family members who have lost — who have had their children ripped out of their arms at the border, it seems as though training is not taking place,” she continued. “And so, I hope Sen. Kamala Harris gets answers to her questions, but this is a cruel and unusual policy, and this is a policy that harkens back to what America did during the times of slavery, when they took children, and they separated families from their mothers and fathers from folks who are being sold into slavery.So, if we really want to be better, we better start walking the walk.”

This is nothing more than Sanders trying to push the race card and the narrative that President Trump is racist, which he is not.

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As for the Liberals pushing the story over the weekend that the Trump administration had “lost track” of nearly 1,500 illegal immigrant children last month who’d been processed and released to the care of sponsors inside the country, it should come as no surprise that they skewed the facts.

From Conservative Tribune:

As with most narratives pushed by the liberal media these days, parts of it were flat out wrong, it was conflated with other similar but non-related stories and the whole context of the “missing kids” story wasn’t shared, even as it was highly relevant.

The Washington Post was one of the many outlets that helped spark the outrage, even as it offered up a semblance of explanation on Sunday to walk back portions of the narrative that had gone off the rails.

During a Senate subcommittee hearing in April, Department of Health and Human Services official Steven Wagner revealed that his agency had lost track of at least 1,475 children who had previously arrived and been detained at the southern border as unaccompanied alien children.

Those kids were processed and later released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement after being held in custody for an average of 34 days — per fiscal year 2015 numbers — with roughly 85 percent of them ultimately released to the care of sponsors who were in fact their parents or closely related family members, who are often in the country illegally themselves.

A followup survey conducted by HHS from October through December 2017 found that of 7,635 surveyed children in the program, 6,075 were still with their sponsors, 52 were living with someone else, 28 had run away, five had been deported and the remainder — 1,475 — were unaccounted for and presumed missing.

Unsurprisingly, liberals immediately and falsely conflated those missing children as having been “ripped away” from their parents at the border by the new policies of the Trump administration and then “lost” without a care or second thought.

But as The Post and the HHS official had made clear, all of those children had initially arrived at the border in years past alone and without any parents.

Even as The Post noted that there was absolutely no connection between these “missing” children and the new policy implemented by the Trump administration of separating children from parents when detained for illegally crossing the border, the newspaper nevertheless proceeded to spend more than half its article lamenting the new unrelated policy of separating families.

First of all, odds are exceedingly good — 85 percent — that most of those “missing” children aren’t exactly out and about on their own, but are actually with their parents or close family members.

The most likely reason they didn’t respond to the follow-up survey is that they feared themselves or others in their family would be tracked down, apprehended and deported and have thus “gone off grid,” so to speak.

Furthermore, the furor over the “missing kids” story has also prompted many liberals to demand that HHS and ORR be more stringent about who they accept as sponsors to whom they will release the unaccompanied children, and some have demanded the agencies track down those who are unaccounted for.

But Quartz warned that could result in even more of the kids and their sponsors going “off grid” to avoid detection and make it even more difficult for family members or willing sponsors to step up and accept custody of the unaccompanied children in the first place.

Liberals were reminded that their outraged cries for a crackdown by those agencies would, in essence, play right into the hands of the “evil” Trump administration, who in their fevered minds are merely looking for any excuse to round up and deport any and all “vulnerable undocumented immigrants,” don’t ya know?

So as you can see, the liberal media hasn’t quite told the whole story as it pertains to the 1,500 “missing” illegal immigrant children, nor do they really want to, since accurate and neutral reporting doesn’t provoke the necessary anti-Trump outrage or drive narratives in the manner they’d prefer.


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