The attorney who helped First Lady Melania Trump defend her United States citizenship slammed the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy with unflattering comparisons to both Nazism and the American slave trade during a Tuesday appearance on Fox & Friends.
The policy, immigration lawyer Michael J. Wildes told audiences and his co-panelists, “goes against the ethos of our founding documents and fathers.”
The attorney explained that when parents enter the federal criminal system, their children end up “quarantined” by the Department of Health and Human Services until they’re released. There are means for them to leave that system, he said, but President Donald Trump does not consider those families a priority.
“When we’re dealing with this challenge, we should not be quarantining children from parents,” Wildes said. “The inhumanity that we see is reminiscent of detention centers in Nazi Germany, of slave trade.”
“We can do better when we try to figure out this problem,” he continued. “Let’s not forget this problem needs to be fixed because the greatest risk-takers and greatest entrepreneurs historically have been immigrants this country.”
Responding to increasing comparisons between HHS’ child detention centers and Nazi concentration camps, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday night that the two were incomparable because Nazis wanted to “keep the Jews from leaving the country.”
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CBS cuts off ugly interview with Liz Cheney after she attacks host for asking about Trump’s racism
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) accused CBS host Margaret Brennan of unfairly bringing race into a discussion after President Donald Trump told four non-white Democratic congresswomen to "go back" to where they came from.
In an interview on Face the Nation, Brennan asked Cheney if it was appropriate for Trump supporters to chant "send her back" at a rally in North Carolina last week.
"The news media wants to make this about race -- you just did it," Cheney told Brennan. "It’s not about race, gender, religion... As Republicans we will fight against those even if the mainstream media accuses us of racism when we do this."
CNN’s Santorum gets his butt handed to him by fellow conservative over defense of Trump’s ‘disgusting’ racism
CNN contributor Rick Santorum ran into some fierce resistance on Sunday morning when he attempted to defend the explicit racism in Donald Trump's tweets at Democratic lawmakers -- with the only other conservative on the panel blowing up on him.
Speaking with fill-in host Dana Bash, the former GOP Senator from Pennsylvania was right away on the defensive when asked about the president's tweets and the resulting "send her back" chant at a rally in North Carolina.
"He says things to bring attention to these issues and I know it's hair on fire time for everyone on the left," Santorum offered in Trump's defense, which brought a sharp comeback from fellow conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp.
White House flack: Trump made it clear he ‘disagrees with’ and ‘stands with’ people who chanted ‘send her back’
White House spokesperson Mercedes Schlapp on Sunday insisted that President Donald Trump "stands with" people who chanted a racist slogan at his rally last week -- although she also claimed that he disagrees with the chant itself.
In an interview on ABC's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked Schlapp why Trump let the racist "send her back" chant go on for 13 seconds after he attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
"He is not a racist," Schlapp said of the president. "He's a compassionate man whose policies have focused on the minority community."
"You also saw him in that room in North Carolina -- 13 seconds as the crowd chanted 'send her back,'" Stephanopoulos pointed out. "It seems like you're at odds with the president, you had a different reaction to that chant."