Jeh Johnson has been especially candid about his service record while head of DHS, admitting that the current problems at the border have been festering for years. The Washington Examiner reports:
Former President Barack Obama’s secretary of homeland security said the practice of putting migrants in cages after being detained by authorities did not start when Donald Trump became president.
“Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages, whatever you want to call them, were not invented on January 20, 2017, okay?” Jeh Johnson said at the Aspen Ideas Festival last Friday.
“But during that 72-hour period, when you have something that is a multiple — like four times — of what you’re accustomed to in the existing infrastructure, you’ve got to find places quickly to put kids. You can’t just dump 7-year-old kids on the streets of McAllen or El Paso,” he continued. “And so these facilities were erected … they put those chain link partitions up so you could segregate young women from young men, kids from adults, until they were either released or transferred to HHS.”
Johnson’s comments are in line with other similar statements made by Thomas Homan, who was the executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement during Obama’s administration.
President Trump is committed to enforce border laws, but in a humane way provided Congress appropriate adequate funding.