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Fri., Feb. 26, 2021
Bennet’s silence on Biden’s migrant facilities puts partisanship ahead of people
DENVER, Colo.—Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., puts partisan politics ahead of people’s lives, Jonathan Lockwood says. Lockwood, who is running to lead the Colorado Republican Party, said that Bennet’s silence on the Biden administration reopening Trump’s facilities for migrant children is proof he cares more about politics than policies.
“It appears that Bennet cares about migrant children facilities but only when it is a Republican administration,” said Lockwood. “No matter who is in power, it is never acceptable or moral for children to be treated like prisoners.”
“Our immigration system is broken and it’s going to take serious work to fix it, but playing politics will never do that. Coloradans expect better from their elected leaders,” added Lockwood. “As a Republican who voted for Biden, I expect him to be held to the same standards as Trump.”
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined immigration lawyers and advocates questioning why the Biden administration would reopen controversial camps, which have been criticized for their conditions in the past.
Bennet gave a damning floor speech on migrant facilities saying that Trump would take no responsibility for these facilities. Bennet slammed Trump for making statements about Democrats supporting these facilities.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended reopening migrant facilities at the border, calling it a “temporary reopening” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Psaki was asked by Fox News why the Biden administration reopened a facility in Texas. Psaki replied that their policy is “not to expel unaccompanied children who arrive at the border.”
From Fox News: “But Psaki was pressed further, as the facility that has been reopened is the same facility that was used by the Trump administration in the summer of 2019. At the time, in an op-ed in the Miami Herald about his Latin America policy published on June 24, 2019, then-candidate Joe Biden said: ‘Under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages, tear-gassing asylum seekers, ripping children from their mothers’ arms.’
And in July 2019, then-candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said that Trump ‘has pushed policies that’s been about putting babies in cages at the border in the name of security,’ instead calling it ‘a human rights abuse being committed by the United States government.’
Psaki, though, defended the reopening, saying that the administration ‘very much feels that way.'”
Lockwood pointed to First Lady Laura Bush’s op-ed in 2018, in which she wrote:
“Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the internment camps for U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; those who have been interned have been twice as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.”