A Democrat freshman congresswoman from Illinois suggested that DHS and the border patrol are intentionally killing the children in their custody. During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing with Acting DHS Secretary Kevin Kevin McAleenan, Rep. Lauren Underwood stated that there was evidence to conclude that the deaths of 5 migrant children were intentional.
“At this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like, and the evidence is really clear, this is intentional,” Underwood said. “It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”
McAleenan was not amused.
“That’s an appalling accusation, and our men and women fight hard to protect people in our custody every single day,” he said. McAleenan added that his department asked for resources prior to the latest fatality and that Congress has not responded. He also said that DHS asked for changes “that would have prevented this from happening.”
When Underwood clarified her remarks, she simply doubled-down.
“With five children dead and 5,000 separated from their families, this is intentional. It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane,” she reiterated.
The push back was swift. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) responded, “Mr. Chairman, you cannot impugn the character of the witness by stating that he intentionally murders children,” he said. “That is completely inappropriate, and her words should be taken down. She was very explicit.”
The committee chairman, Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., claimed Underwood’s language was appropriate: “the language is appropriate and that it should not be taken down.”
A vote 9-7 determined the committee would remove Underwood’s words from the record.