- Stephen Miller weighed in on Biden’s reopening a child-migrant facility in a Fox News interview.
- He claimed Biden’s more relaxed immigration policies fuel migration and the need for such facilities.
- “What we’re seeing here is the cruelty and inhumanity of Joe Biden’s immigration policies.”
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Stephen Miller, the Trump administration official who masterminded the policy of separating migrant children from their families at the US border, called President Joe Biden’s immigration policies “cruel” and “inhumane” during an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night.
Miller suggested that Biden’s immigration policies have encouraged illegal immigration, especially for unaccompanied minors, and therefore the president only has himself to blame for needing to reopen the child facility.
Since taking office, Biden has ended multiple Trump-era immigration policies. On his first day in office alone, Biden signed executive orders ending Trump’s travel ban against mostly-Muslim countries, stopping the construction of the US-Mexico border wall, and extending the Obama-era program that protected migrant children from deportation.
“What we’re seeing here is the cruelty and inhumanity of Joe Biden’s immigration policies,” Miller told “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday.
“He came into office and announced that there’s an open door and that young people who come into this country illegally are going to be resettled instead of returned. He’s forcing thousands of young children into the arms of smugglers, into the arms of traffickers, into the arms of coyotes,” he said, likely referring to a nickname for border smugglers.
Miller continued: “Children are being taken away from their families in the Northern Triangle — in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Those countries are being deprived of their future. These illegal immigrants are being put in harm’s way all because of a policy choice Joe Biden made to restore catch and release. That is cruel, that is inhumane, and we are seeing the results of that right now.”
“He took a secure border, a humane border, a safe border, and turned it into this.”
Miller was slammed on social media over the interview, with many pointing to the “hypocrisy” of such judgement coming from the man who led the effort to separate migrant children from their parents at the US border during the Trump administration.
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More than 2,600 children were separated from their parents by the Trump administration before a federal judge halted the policy in June 2018, according to data from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Hundreds have been effectively orphaned, with officials struggling to reunite them with their families. Biden recently said he would form a task force aimed at reuniting these families.
The family separation policy made Miller into one of the most controversial officials of the Trump era, and was known to even put some conservatives on edge.