Over the course of this week, multiple media outlets have released gut-wrenching reports, complete with court filings, revealing that the federal government has been unable to locate the parents of upwards of 500 migrant children who were separated from their parents after crossing over the southern U.S. border thanks to a cruel, unusual, and inhumane policy implemented by the Trump administration to deter asylum seekers from coming to the United States.
The news is so big, in fact, that it was a large point of interest during last night’s final round of presidential debates.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh spoke on the subject today during a segment on CNN’s New Day and, in true Trump administration fashion, only made it all the more sickening when he said ultimately seemed to claim that getting these children reunited with their parents is no easy feat because the parents supposedly don’t want them back.
POLITICO reports that Murtaugh stated, “The fact is it’s not as simple as you make it sound or Joe Biden made it sound on the stage last night to locate the parents who are in other countries. And when they do locate them, it has been DHS’ experience that in many cases the parents do not want the children returned.”
“You have to locate the parents and when they are located in these other countries in many cases, John, the parents do not want the children sent back to them in their home countries,” the Trump campaign spokesperson continued.
Spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security Chase Jennings claimed that the agency “has taken every step to facilitate reunification of these families where the parents wanted such reunification to occur.”
“The simple fact is this: after contact has been made with the parents to reunited them with their children, many parents have refused,” he said in a statement.
However, their excuse doesn’t even make sense, as the issue at hand isn’t the parents not wanting their children back, it’s the government not even knowing how or where to find the parents to ask them in the first place.
During last night’s debate, Democratic nominee Joe Biden said, “Parents were ripped — their kids were ripped from their arms and separated, and now they cannot find over 500 of sets of those parents and those kids are alone. [With] nowhere to go. Nowhere to go.”
There’s simply no denying that their cruelty knows no bounds.