A Democratic senator who had undermined the Biden administration’s claims about the ongoing crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border was forced to backtrack.
TheBlaze reports that Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) was forced to issue a “clarification” after unwittingly suggesting that migrant children who arrive at the southern border are being separated from their parents under President Joe Biden, a policy that was widely criticized under his predecessor, Donald Trump.
The controversy began when Murphy published a tweet Friday recounting his recent visit to a border processing facility:
Just left the border processing facility. 100s of kids packed into big open rooms. In a corner, I fought back tears as a 13 yr old girl sobbbed uncontrollably explaining thru a translator how terrified she was, having been separated from her grandmother and without her parents.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 19, 2021
“Their intentions are true”
Many on Twitter subsequently pointed out that Murphy had admitted migrant children were being separated from their families, contradicting the White House’s official narrative on the subject.
In a follow-up tweet, Murphy claimed that migrant children are not, in fact, being separated from their parents. “For clarification, kids are no longer separated from their parents at the border (in this case, the girl’s parents are in the U.S.),” he wrote. “But even though kids can now stay and apply for asylum, if they are traveling [with] relatives who aren’t parents, the relative can’t stay.”
The lawmaker later tried to defend the Biden administration’s handling of the situation, writing that they’re “trying their best to uphold the rule of law with humanity.”
“They have a ton of work ahead to clean up the mess Trump left them, but their intentions are true,” the Connecticut Democrat said.
A crisis at the border?
According to TheBlaze, reports have indicated that the U.S. government currently has over 13,000 unaccompanied migrant children in its custody.
The New York Times charged in a recent report that these children are being kept in facilities that are “akin to jails.” Other reports have said some of the children are being forced to sleep on the floor and have limited access to showers.
In the eyes of Republicans, it’s all a result of President Biden’s lax stance on immigration, which the GOP argues has encouraged migrants to make their way to the U.S–Mexico border in surges. The Biden administration has been working overtime to convince the American people that there is no crisis, however.
Only time will tell how long voters buy what Democrats and the White House are trying to sell.