Obama DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Admits Obama Regime Grew Family Detention
Does anyone recall the Obama regime taking heat over this? Where was the late night TV hosts attacking Obama? Where was CNN and NBC showing crowds with rage over the issue? Where is the video of Democrats banging on doors to see what was happening inside?
Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Thursday that he did, in fact, expand the Department of Homeland Security’s capabilities to detain families who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally during his time in the Obama administration.
Johnson warned that strict border policies decrease crossings in the short-term, but the number of illegal border crossings always returns to normal in the long term.
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“In 2014, to deal with the spike then with the families, we did a number of things,” Johnson said, mentioning the Obama administration worked with Mexico. “We also expanded family detention, which was, I freely admit, controversial.”
Mitchell pointed out that the Obama administration “got a lot of heat for this.”
The former DHS secretary explained that they worked to expand the number of beds available in detention facilities.
The exchange went like this:
Johnson: Correct. Lesson learned. Illegal migration reacts sharply to perceived changes in enforcement policy– in the short term– but it always reverts back longer term to the longer term trends given the underlying condition of the so-called push factors in central America. So that’s what President Trump and his administration have seen now over the last year. The numbers are 40 or 50,000 per month and they are obviously very frustrated with that. So in 2014– to deal with the spike then with the families– we did a number of things; including by the way, working with the government of Mexico and obtaining their cooperation on securing their southern border, uh, but we also expanded family detention, which was, I freely admit, controversial.
Mitchell: And you got a lot of heat for it.
Johnson: We got a lot of heat for it. There were just 95 beds out of a total of 34,000 equipped to handle families. We expanded that capability. I will freely admit that I made a big deal out of it so that people could see what we were doing.