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Jen Psaki and Meghan McCain Battle Over Child Migrant Facility: ‘We Are Not Ripping Kids From the Arms of Their Parents'

Added 02-25-21 12:34:02pm EST - “Meghan McCain pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki regarding the Biden administration's decision to re-open a child migrant facility used while Donald Trump was president.” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “Jen Psaki and Meghan McCain Battle Over Child Migrant Facility: 'We Are Not Ripping Kids From the Arms of Their Parents'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Meghan McCain pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki regarding the Biden administration’s decision to re-open a child migrant facility used while Donald Trump was president.

“President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris repeatedly spoke out against kids in cages,” McCain said. “I feel like this he same thing, and that you’re still detaining kids at the border and it’s not meaningfully different than what President Trump was doing.”

Psaki insisted that what President Joe Biden and his administration were doing was nothing like Trump’s practice of detaining migrant children, adding, “We are not ripping kids from the arms of their parents.”

McCain is right to say that an emergency facility in Texas was reactivated this week to temporarily house roughly 700 teenaged children, as reported by the Washington Post, and which Psaki has repeatedly explained as a response to capacity restrictions amid the pandemic.

“What we’re seeing is kids who are fleeing persecution,” Psaki said. “They’re fleeing really difficult circumstances in their home country, and they’re coming to the border, and we need to figure out how to treat them humanely and keep them safe, and in the time of Covid, that meant we had to open an additional facility.”

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