WATCH: Dramatic border video with kids surfaces amid crossing surge
Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) said that she is convinced deaths of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border are “intentional.” Seriously, the party that believes that you should be able to abort a baby hours before it’s born, accused Republicans of intentionally killing migrant children. Unbelievable.
From The Hill:
Her comments, made to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan as he testified to the House Homeland Security Committee, come days after the announcement that a Guatemalan teen was the fifth minor to die at the border since December.
“With five kids that have died … the evidence is really clear that this is intentional, it’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration and it’s cruel and inhumane,” the freshman Democrat, who is a nurse, told McAleenan.
McAleenan argued that an increase in funds to the agency would have prevented the deaths. He said that the influx of people at the border is draining resources for the agency to be able to adequately respond, which is why he is asking for more money in the fiscal 2020 budget.
“The crisis is exceeding the resources provided,” he said.
“People keep dying and so this is obviously more than a question of resources,” Underwood responded.
McAleenan called Underwood’s accusation “appalling.”
“Our men and women fight hard to protect people in our custody every single day,” he said. “We’ve asked for [these] resources three weeks ago … and we’ve asked for changes in authorities for the last three years that would have prevented this from happening.”
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the ranking member on the committee, asked for Underwood’s comments to be “taken down,” according to USA Today, saying the congresswoman accused the Department of Homeland Security of committing murder. His request was approved through a 9-7 vote, raising the possibility that Underwood could be punished for her comments, according to the report.
The fact that this was a 9-7 vote is what is appalling. Accusing the other side of murder for kids catching the flu is a new level of low.
Influenza results in about 14.3 deaths per 100,000 people that become infected. If anything, the Border Patrol needs to be applauded for their significantly lower rate and doing everything they can to try and keep the United States safe.