Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Just Called Detention Centers for Immigrant Kids ‘Essentially Summer Camps’

Border Patrol Agents Detain Migrants Near US-Mexico Border

A police officer and a Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody. | John Moore/Getty Images

Prior to the Trump Administration taking up the Oval Office, there were laws surrounding families entering the United States without authorization. The Bush Administration enacted Project Streamline at a Texas border in order to slow down the influx of entry or re-entry. The Obama Administration continued carrying out Project Streamline. Families were separated and held for up to 20 days or until a relative, friend, or willing party took in the children.

When it came to immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump campaigned on a zero-tolerance policy that has now gone into full effect — making sure to criminally prosecute every single adult illegal immigrant looking to cross the border. Interesting enough, a first offense is only a misdemeanor charge, making this separation approach a little over the top.

What happens when the children are separated from their parents? 

The procedure appears to be seemingly cut-and-dry. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on April 7, 2018, made Trump’s zero-tolerance policy loud and clear, assuring every parent be separated from their children if they are caught illegally crossing the border. Border Patrol transfers the parents to the U.S. Marshals Service, while the children are transferred to the Department of Health Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.

What are these children detainee facility conditions actually like? 

Well, they are pretty crappy and likely to only get worse. Considering these children are innocent in the eyes of the law, the conditions in which they are being detained appear ludicrous. From the photos displayed, children are being kept inside chain-link fenced structures erected inside of a bare-boned warehouse. Backless benches are provided for their discomfort as they await news on the whereabouts of their parents and other loved ones. Essentially, these fences are cages, akin to living arrangements of circus animals.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham ignorantly weighs in 

Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham | Alex Wong/Getty Images

In classic Fox News fashion, the political storm surrounding the separation of children from their parents at the border has been spun into what the network believes to be reasonable (if not fantastic) living conditions. Just ask host Laura Ingraham.

On June 18, 2018, Ingraham desensitized the issue by claiming that “More kids are being separated from their parents and temporarily housed in what are essentially summer camps or as The San Diego Union-Tribune described them today, as basically looking like boarding schools.” She added that these measures are paramount, considering “The American people are footing a really big bill for what is tantamount to a slow-rolling invasion of the United States.”

Although she quoted the Union-Tribune, she purposely left out an important piece of the article. The prison-like facility is:

Surrounded by fencing that is backed by privacy netting, and a sign at the gate warns visitors that it’s under video surveillance 24 hours per day. If someone opens the front door of the facility without first swiping a badge, an alarm blares through the hallway, warning of a potential escape.

Interestingly enough, Ingraham, a mother of three, must not have toured the facilities of the summer camps she sends her children. Because for the most part, true summer camps are likened to outdoor adventures, packed lunches, juice boxes, swimming, horseback riding — you get the gist.

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