ICE Director Says Immigrant Parents ‘Ultimately the Ones That Are Responsible’ for Being Separated From Their Children

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ICE Director Says Immigrant Parents ‘Ultimately the Ones That Are Responsible’ for Being Separated From Their Children

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appearing director Matthew Albence has blamed immigrant dad and mom for brokers separating them from their youngsters, arguing that they’re accountable for being detained.

“The parents or the individuals that are breaking the law are ultimately the ones that are responsible for placing their children in this situation,” Albence stated in a pre-recorded interview with NBC Nightly News, which is able to air in full on Tuesday night.

The immigration official made the remark after he was confronted with a video of a crying youngster whose father was detained by ICE in a big raid in Mississippi final week. Gabe Gutierrez, who was interviewing Albence, requested what he would say to the younger lady.

EXCLUSIVE: Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence sits down with @gabegutierrez and reacts to the now-viral video of an 11-year-old lady crying for her father who was detained in the course of the latest Mississippi immigration raids.

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“I don’t think I would speak to the little girl. I would speak to the parents and I would speak to the community at large. Look, I’m a parent, most of our officers and agents are parents – some of the most difficult things that we have to do in our jobs to enforce the laws involve the separation of parents from children,” he stated.

Pointing out that some ICE brokers cope with separating households each day, he argued that the company conducts “operations with professionalism, with compassion and with humanity.”

“And we try our best to minimalize the impact on the innocent people of the situation,” he insisted.

Albence’s reply is much like feedback made by ICE’s former appearing director Thomas Homan in an interview with Fox News final week. America’s Newsroom co-anchor Sandra Smith performed a clip of the younger lady crying and requested Homan how he would reply to her tears.

“Immigration enforcement is always controversial and emotional, but you know what? The blame needs to be placed on the father,” Homan replied. “Her father came to this country illegally, he brought his child here illegally. Whether or not she was born here, he put his family in the position of being here illegally in violation of our laws.”

ICE Director Says Immigrant Parents 'Ultimately the Ones That Are Responsible' for Being Separated From Their Children
A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol brokers close to the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 close to Mission, Texas John Moore/Getty

The hardline immigration insurance policies of President Donald Trump’s administration have confronted vital backlash since he entered the White House. In the wake of the mass Mississippi raid final week – which focused 680 people at their locations of employment – many have questioned why ICE has gone after immigrants whose solely crime is having entered or remained within the nation with out following the authorized course of. Analysts and critics have additionally questioned why the federal government is focusing on the undocumented employees and never prosecuting those that make use of them.

Despite Trump’s insurance policies, and his fixed criticism of undocumented migrants, his firm, The Trump Organization, has reportedly employed many people with out authorized standing to work within the U.S. for years. A latest report by The Washington Post revealed that a minimum of eight of the president’s properties have often employed undocumented employees.

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