Homeland Security Secretary and blatant liar Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted on Sunday that the Trump administration does not have a policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border. This tweet comes in the midst of nationwide backlash against the separation of immigrant families and the virtual imprisonment of the children in special detention centers.
According to NPR, despite Secretary Nielsen’s claims, the Department of Homeland Security announced last week that around 2,000 children have been taken from their families and placed in detention centers in the past six weeks. Officials also acknowledge that the number may be even higher. This tweet was just one in a series of blatant lies concerning the inhumane zero-tolerance policy. Nielsen also tweeted:
Obviously, all of these are lies, but just for the sake of proving a point let’s fact check a little. On the DHS website it states:
“The Attorney General directed United States Attorneys on the Southwest Border to prosecute all amenable adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, for 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), illegal entry. Children whose parents are referred for prosecution will be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).”
The website also includes a PDF flyer titled Next Steps for Families which details how a parent can locate their detained child, but doesn’t supply any instructions on how to be reunited with the child. On Saturday, Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior policy advisor, defended the policy to the New York Times.. He stated, “It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law.”
However, Nielsen obviously didn’t read this article and tweeted away on Sunday denying the fact that the policy exists. She faced instant backlash on Twitter that revealed the truth she so blatantly denied. Here are the best, most clarifying responses.