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WASHINGTON, DC- Very often, the children of some people get elevated to positions strictly based on who their parents are.
In the case of Peter Doocy of Fox News, he clearly got to where he is as the network’s White House correspondent because he is unafraid to confront Joe Biden’s overmatched press secretary, Jen Psaki.
Doocy confronts Psaki not as a smarmy, obnoxious jackass like CNN’s Jim Acosta, that network’s diva who liked to make himself the center of attention, but rather as a professional journalist who asks serious questions.
On Tuesday at Psaki’s White House briefing, Doocy pressed her on previous comments made by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris who accused the Trump administration of putting migrant kids “in cages.”
Doocy questioned the obvious similarity between the placement of migrant children under the Trump administration and the current placement of such children.
After asking questions about a rather bizarre answer given by Biden’s Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland about whether or not illegal entry at the border should remain a crime, Doocy moved on to the housing arrangements for migrant children.
Doocy first questioned the opening of the temporary facility in Texas used to house migrant children. Psaki explained that the policy of the administration was not to expel unaccompanied children at the border, and that kids were transferred to the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement, noting it can take a couple of days.
Psaki used COVID-19 as an excuse for opening the facility, claiming that it was necessary in order to “maintain COVID protocols.”
Here is the transcript of Doocy’s next question, courtesy of Real Clear Politics:
Q. “But it’s the same facility that was open for a month in the Trump administration. Summer of 2019—that is when Joe Biden said, “Under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages.” And Kamala Harris said basically, babies in cages is a human rights abuse being committed by the United States government. So how is this any different than that?
PSAKI: “We very much feel that way. And these—”
Q. “So if—”
PSAKI: “These are facilities—let me be—let me be clear here. One, there’s a pandemic going on. I’m sure you’re not suggesting that we have children right next to each other in ways that are not COVID safe, are you?”
Q. “I’m suggesting that Kamala Harris said that this facility—putting people in this facility was a human rights abuse committed by the United States government. And Joe Biden said, ‘Under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes of border”—”at the border of kids being kept in cages. Now it’s not under Trump. It’s under Biden.”
PSAKI: “This is not kids being kept in cages. This is—”
Q. “But it’s the same facility.”
PSAKI: “This is kids—this is a facility that was opened that’s going to follow the same standards as other HHS facilities. It is not a replication. Certainly not. That’s—that is never our intention of replicating the immigration policies of the past administration.
“But we are in a circumstance where we are not going to expel unaccompanied minors at the border. That would be inhumane. That is not what we are going to do here, as an administration. We need to find places that are safe under COVID protocols for kids to be, where they can have access to education, health and mental services consistent with their best interest. Our goal is for them to be transferred to families or sponsors.
“So this is our effort to ensure that kids are treated—are not close—in close proximity and that we are abiding by the health and safety standards that the government has been set out.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 23, 2021
The exchange came about after more than 200 migrant teenagers were sent to a reopened facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas on Monday, CBS News said. The administration plans to expand that number to 700 in facilities across the country.
That is in sharp contrast to an op-ed Biden wrote in the Miami Herald in 2019, where he said, “Under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages, tear-gassing asylum seekers, ripping children from their mothers’ arms,” further accusing the former president of “actions that subvert American values and erode our ability to lead on the global stage.”
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During the presidential campaign, Biden said he would close facilities designed to hold detained unaccompanied migrant children. He also lied when he said that during the Obama-Biden administration, “we didn’t lock people up in cages.” The fact of the matter is that those cages were built under the Obama administration. Breitbart News revealed those facilities full of migrant children in 2014 during that administration’s second term.
In answering Ducey’s questions, Psaki conveniently forgot to mention the explosion in border crossings by unaccompanied minors since January 20, when Biden was inaugurated.
For example, in January Customs and Border Protection apprehended 5,871 unaccompanied minors in January, and increase from only 751 in April 2020 when Trump was president, nearly eight times as many.
In fact, an HHS official admitted to CBS News that they were preparing extra capacity in the holding facilities in order to handle the expected surge in border crossings.
“We don’t know how many kids are going to be coming in the upcoming days, or weeks or months, so we have to make sure that our contingency plans include preparing for even more bed space than what we think we might need,” the official said.
The lamestream media, which continued to run the “Trump’s putting kids in cages” mantra forever changed their tune when the exact same thing was done by Biden.
The Washington Post was perhaps the most egregious, running a glowing article in which “kids in cages” morphed into, “First migrant facility for children opens under Biden.” Below was a photo of shipping containers with bar-covered windows.
The Post got slammed, including by liberal journalist Glenn Greenwald, who wrote in a tweet:
“What an absolutely sweet and lovely way to describe immigration detention centers–poetic almost. It’s been a while since Trump was President, so my memory isn’t perfect, but I vaguely recall a different phrase used back then. But that’s the beauty of human language: it evolves,” he said.
What an absolutely sweet and lovely way to describe immigration detention centers – poetic almost. It’s been awhile since Trump was President, so my memory isn’t perfect, but I vaguely recall a different phrase used back then.
But that’s the beauty of human language: it evolves. https://t.co/1QWgC7WxY6
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 23, 2021
Some more tweets:
Kids in cages is now “migrant facility for children.” https://t.co/AcfgIwFI1m
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 23, 2021
“Kids in cages” turns into “migrant facilities” pretty quickly when a Democrat is in office. https://t.co/Oe1Kjw0hwz
— Congressman Greg Steube (@RepGregSteube) February 23, 2021
They’re not “kids in cages” anymore. They’re kids in “migrant facilities.”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 23, 2021
Having his priorities clearly in order, with millions of Americans out of work, a pandemic still occurring and tens of thousands of businesses closed, one of Biden’s first actions after he was sworn in was to restart the so-called “Catch and Release” program.
This means anyone crossing the border is released onto US soil without even so much as being tested for the China virus. Meanwhile, international travelers arriving in the US must have a negative COVID test prior to being admitted into the country.
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