Sarah Huckabee Sanders Cites Bible As Reason To Detain Immigrant Children




White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the  

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the administration's detention of nearly 1,500 immigrant children by citing the Bible.

In a series of heated exchanges between Sanders and reporters at Thursday's press briefing, the press secretary seemed to have trouble explaining the reasoning behind the practice of separating children from their parents when they cross into the U.S. illegally.

After CNN's Jim Acosta asked Sanders about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' claim that separating parents from children is rooted in the Bible, Sanders said that following the law is biblical.

"It is very biblical to enforce the law, that is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible," Sanders said.

But reporters including Acosta reminded Sanders that no one was forcing the administration to hold children captive, and that there is in fact no law forcing it to separate them from their parents.

"Can you imagine the horror these kids must be going through when they come across the border?" Acosta asked. "They're with their parents and they're suddenly pulled away from their parents ― why is the government doing this?"

"Because it's the law and that's what the law states," Sanders responded.

"It doesn't have to be the law. You don't have to do that," Acosta said.

On Wednesday, reporters were allowed for the first time to see a Texas facility housing nearly 1,500 immigrant children separated from their parents by the U.S. government. MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff said the children ― many of whom have been detained for months ― are essentially in a prison.

"I kid you not, one of the first things an employee of the shelter said to me is, when we walked inside, 'Can you try to smile at these kids, because it's weird to see people from the outside.'" Soboroff said on MSNBC. He recalled the employee adding: "They feel like animals locked up in cages being looked at."

During Thursday's exchanges, reporter Brian Karem attempted to access Sander's empathetic side.

"You're a parent, don't you have any empathy?" Karem asked. "Come on, Sarah, you're a parent. Don't you have any empathy for what these people are going through? They have less than you do. Seriously, Sarah, seriously. These people have nothing."

Sanders deflected the question by claiming Karem was simply looking for "more TV time."

Related Video: Detainees Head to Federal Prisons as Jails Fill Up

Watch news, TV and more on Yahoo View.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Trump
Trump 'disagrees' with Putin offer to interview Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump "disagrees" with Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the U.S. to question 12 Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 election in exchange for permitting Russia to interview Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes, the

White House rejects Putin proposal to interview U.S. citizens
White House rejects Putin proposal to interview U.S. citizens
  • World
  • 2018-07-19 18:18:53Z

U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected a proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russian investigators be allowed to question U.S. citizens, including former ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, the White House said on Thursday. "It is a proposal made in sincerity by President Putin

White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit
White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit
  • World
  • 2018-07-18 23:37:15Z

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House struggled on Wednesday to contain a political outcry and confusion over U.S. President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, denying Trump ever meant to say that Moscow was no longer targeting the United States. Trump

The Latest: Senators aim to force vote on Russia resolution
The Latest: Senators aim to force vote on Russia resolution
  • World
  • 2018-07-18 20:49:55Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on continuing reaction to President Donald Trump's summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin (all times local):

Putin Asked Trump to Let Russia Question McFaul, White House Says
Putin Asked Trump to Let Russia Question McFaul, White House Says

President Donald Trump entertained a proposal from Vladimir Putin to let Russian authorities question the former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday. Trump made no commitments to the Russian leader when Putin raised the idea at

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.