Fox contributor blames House Democrats for the deaths of children detained by DHS

Fox contributor blames House Democrats for the deaths of children detained by DHS

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​From the May 24 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:​

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​PETE HEGSETH (GUEST CO-HOST): Democratic Congresswoman ​Lauren Underwood making this shocking claim about migrant children at the southern ​border.​

​[BEGIN VIDEO]​

​REP. LAUREN UNDERWOOD (D-IL) That this point with five kids that have died​,​ 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like​ --​ and the evidence is really clear that this is intentional. It's intentional. It's a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration​,​ and it's cruel and inhumane.

​KEVIN MCALEENAN (ACTING HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY): That's an appalling accusation and our men and women fight hard to protect people in our custody every single day.

​[END VIDEO]​

​STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): ​Well the congresswoman's remarks have since been stricken from the congressional record. 

​AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Yeah. ​And ​here to react to that is retired ​ICE director and ​F​ox News contributor Tom Homan. Tom, I'm sure this makes you just as angry as it does Mr. Mc​A​leenan. What's your response?​

TOM HOMAN (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): Well, it's a disgusting comment. ​I mean, ​the men and women of ​ICE​, I mean the men and women of ​Border ​P​atrol, they didn't talk about the 4,000 lives they saved last year. They have saved over 4,000 people that were in medical distress when they found them. These men and women of the ​B​order ​P​atrol, they​'​re fathers and mothers and sons and daughters, too. They don't leave their love for life at the station when they start the shift. They do everything they can to protect these people​.​ ​S​o to dishonor them in this ​​way​ is​ insulting. ​But ​what this congresswoman should have d​id​ is ended her commen​t with, ​"​and it's a failure of the ​D​emocratic side of the ​H​ouse that entices these people to make these dangerous journeys."​

What she didn't mention, let's pull the curtain back on this​ --​ when the ​FY​19 appropriations bill was signed when that committee came together after the government shut down to come up with ​a budget​,​ ​t​he Democrats on that committee added language to that bill that sa​ys ​ICE could not take action against a parent or ​a ​sponsor that harbored alien smuggler organization bring​ their​ child in​to this​ country. ​So ICE said​ that time,​ when they di​d​​ that​,​ that's​ going​ to cause a surge in unaccompanied​ alien children.​ So she and her party need to look in the mirror​,​ because of their intentional actions​,​ they opened the groundswell and now the ​UACs are​ at an​ all-time high like I said they would be. It was​ ​their actions that caused ​a lot of ​the ​UAC​s to come to​ this country to​ begin with. 

Previously:

Fox's Tom Homan: Children who died in CBP custody "died crossing the border, where there isn't a wall"  

Fox's Ed Henry on deaths in DHS custody: "Frankly, American lives are at risk as well on this side of the border"

​Brian Kilmeade says "this is a flat-out invasion" as Fox & Friends discusses the fifth child to die after being taken into custody at the border

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