Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is snapping back at critics and an ill-informed media for spreading falsehoods about the United States policy when it comes to separating children from their families at the southern border.

As an example, S.E. Cupp, host of her own HLN Network show tweeted out a picture designed to emotionally startle over the current illegal immigration battle.

In it, Cupp was shown in a beautiful picture holding her baby, but couched it with criticism “of this awful Trump policy at the border that rips children away from their families.”

“THIS MUST STOP,” she implored.

 

There are a lot of lies and half-truths to unpackage in the media’s sudden outrage over a policy that was around during the Obama administration.

First off, in this case, it’s not a Trump policy it’s the law and second, Cupp wouldn’t have any threat of losing her child unless she broke said law.

Nielsen is tired of the lies being spread and points out there is a simple method of avoiding having children separated from their parents – follow the damn law.

“This misreporting by Members, press & advocacy groups must stop,” she wrote. “It is irresponsible and unproductive.”

 

She’s also making a very valid point in that there is a proper method for seeking asylum which will not lead to families being separated. Why? Because it’s the legal way to do things.

 

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) admitted as much saying a child will be removed if he or she is in possible danger because they are being used by a non-family member to gain entry.

“Keep in mind that, under the law, you can separate a child if that person — the adult — is not the real parent or the custodian,” he explained, “because sometimes we see situations where they’ll bring a child because they know of the policy that we have over here with children.”

Even beyond that, if the media and Democrats were so upset about this policy, they had a chance to speak up over a month ago when Nielsen explained during a congressional hearing that if asylum seekers were to use specific ports of entry, they would not be breaking the law and would not be detained.

 

“It’s not a philosophy, it’s a law Congress passed,” Nielsen said to a clearly befuddled Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). “So those people need to come to the ports if they want to seek asylum.”

There it is – spelled out in black and white. Cross through legal ports of entry and families will not be separated, asylum seekers will not be breaking the law.

Whose fault is it that these children are separated due to the law? It’s the alleged family members who are endangering the welfare of a child.

“I will say the reason they’re detained is because they illegally crossed our border,” Nielsen noted during the hearing.

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