White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asserted this week that the Biden administration's treatment of migrant children is not the same as the Trump administration's policy of keeping "kids in cages."
At Tuesday's White House press briefing, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy suggested that the Biden administration was guilty of hypocrisy because Vice President Kamala Harris had opposed the policy of imprisoning children.
"We very much feel that way," Psaki replied. "These are facilities -- let me be clear here -- one, there's a pandemic going on? I'm sure you're not suggesting that we have children right next to each other in ways that are not COVID safe, are you?"
Doocy repeated his question: "I'm suggesting that Kamala Harris said that this facility -- putting people in this facility was a human rights abuse committed by the United States government. And Joe Biden said, 'Under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages.' Now, it's not under Trump, it's under Biden."
"This is not kids being kept in cages," Psaki explained. "This is a facility that was opened that's going to follow the same standards as other HHS facilities. It is not a replication. Certainly not. That is never our intention of replicating the immigration policies of the past administration."
The press secretary went on to say that it would be "inhumane" to expel unaccompanied minors at the border.
"That is not what we're going to do here as an administration," she added. "We need to find places that are safe under COVID protocols for kids to be, where they can have access to education, health and mental services, consistent with their best interests."
Watch the video below from The White House.