President Donald Trump’s White House wasn’t interested in tracking the families they separated, according to one former Homeland Security staffer.
During an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Scott Shuchart explained that not only was Homeland Security never consulted about Trump’s new Executive Order that separated families at the border when they sought asylum.
“If you’re going to separate families in the pursuit of an immigration policy, it was irresponsible to push that on top of a system that wasn’t prepared on the backend to allow the families to be reconciled later,” Shuchart told Scott Pelley.
Shuchart is no longer at DHS but he said it wasn’t like his expertise was of concern anyway.
“If they had come to you, what would your office have said?” Pelley wondered.
“We would’ve had advice on the way that needed to be done, on the recordkeeping that needed to be done. And our advice on that wasn’t sought out. And when we tried to provide it, it was ignored,” Shuchart explained.
By record-keeping, Shuchart explained he meant merely “making sure that we knew where everybody was at all times so that they could be put into contact and reunited later.”
He noted that there were parents removed from the United States and taken to other countries without records about where their child was. The Trump administration claimed 2600 children were taken from their parents, but records show that number was closer to 5,000.
Watch Shuchart’s take below:
Scott Shuchart worked at Homeland Security HQ at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Even he was surprised by President Trump’s new policy, saying when his office offered advice, it was ignored. https://t.co/LJpgkVaaEM pic.twitter.com/vJSX6DGofy
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) November 26, 2018