After it was reported last week the Department of Homeland Security was considering separating children from families guilty of illegally crossing the United States southern border, Secretary John Kelly confirmed the proposition earlier today.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Kelly stated his desire to push back against potential migrants from embarking on the harrowing journey across Central America and into the U.S.
“I would do almost anything to deter the people from Central America to getting on this very, very dangerous network that brings people through Mexico to the United States,” Kelly said. Establishing a base on reports from days earlier, Kelly did say that the DHS has “tremendous experience” in treating children eligible for outside care.
“We turn them over to [The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)] and they do a very, very good job of either putting them in foster care or linking them up with relatives in the United States,” Kelly continued.
When pressed on the potential for families to be split up by the proposed legislation, Kelly said, “It is more important to me, Wolf, to try to keep people off of this awful network.”
You can watch all of Secretary Kelly’s interview with Blitzer below:
H/T: The Hill
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