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Barbara Lee: 'When You See It in Person It's Horrific'

The family-separation policy takes center stage on Sunday talk shows
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2018 12:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – While US officials scrambled to rectify the migrant-separation policy and heated discussions erupted at the White House, immigration talk heated up the Sunday dial. "It was heart-wrenching. The images that we seen on the media really speak volumes to what’s taking place but when you see it in person it’s horrific," said Rep Barbara Lee on CNN's State of the Union after visiting detention facilities in Texas, per the Hill. At one location, she said, there wasn't enough bedding for people being held. "It's just tragic. I mean these people are being criminalized." Others saw a different universe:

  • It's the DOJ: Chris Christie blamed the Department of Justice for the way President Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy has played out, the Hill reports. "If the attorney general come in and says to the president, 'I want you to do a zero-tolerance policy, but let me just tell you, we don’t have enough judges to handle the cases, we don’t have enough prosecutors to bring the cases, and we don’t have enough detention facilities to legally detain the people that we’re going to show zero tolerance to,' the president would have never approved this," he said on ABC's This Week.

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  • Now calm down: Sen. James Landford appeared to dismiss stories of officials and lawyers struggling to reconnect migrant parents with their children. "Let me clarify this," Landford said on NBC's Meet the Press, per Politico. "We know where every single child is. These are career professionals that work with HHS, and that work with DHS in Customs and Border Patrol and ICE—these are not political appointees. These are career folks. They know where every child is, to be able to connect them to their parent or their relative that came."
  • This won't last: Tom Bossert, Trump's former advisor on Homeland Security, says the president's order to stop family separations won't last long. "The problem with his executive order is, it's in direct contradiction to the standing order and ruling from the judge in 2015," he said on This Week, per Politico. "… My guess, that stroke of a pen does not survive three weeks before this court overrules it."
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