Tea Party Nation News Network Director Scottie Nell Hughes told Fox News on Thursday that the United States should withhold hormone therapy from transgender immigrants, but detain them in "pink boxers" and then send them to back to their country.
In a Fox & Friends segment called "Entitlement Nation," host Brian Kilmeade pointed out that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) provided hormone therapy for transgender immigrants if they had already been receiving it before being taken into custody.
"If they come here illegally, we might as well find out if they want to be a man or a woman," Kilmeade opined. "And this is where the funding is going to be."
"Well, I can guarantee you if Bruce Jenner went down to Cabo this weekend and got arrested, the Mexican government would not pay for his estrogen," Hughes replied.
"I'm pretty sure you're right," Kilmeade agreed.
"And the only thing I want to do talking about transgender and helping them be a female is given them a pair of [Arizona Sheriff] Joe Arpaio's pink boxers as we send them back to their country," Hughes quipped.
"They just want to raise your taxes to pay for these things, you wonder why the people are angry today," she concluded.
The 2011 ICE detention standards manual explains that "[t]ransgender detainees who were already receiving hormone therapy when taken into ICE custody shall have continued access."
The manual adds: "All transgender detainees shall have access to mental health care, and other transgender related health care and medication based on medical need. Treatment shall follow accepted guidelines regarding medically
necessary transition-related care."
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairman Martin Castro noted last week that the Department of Homeland Security was the “largest agency that has custody of transgender individuals.”
Watch the video below from Fox News' Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 5, 2014.