Another Obama official, this time his DHS secretary, avows ‘cages’ didn’t begin with Trump

Another Obama official, this time his DHS secretary, avows ‘cages’ didn’t begin with Trump
Obama DHS Sec. Jeh Johsnon touring a facility with 'cages' in 2014 (Image: YouTube screen grab)

No matter how much proof you provide, the Left will stubbornly cling to the myth that Donald Trump began the “Hitlerian” practice of separating families arriving at the border and placing the children in cages. Last week Thomas Homan, Barack Obama’s top immigration chief in charge of removing illegal aliens, said:

I’ve been to that facility, where they talk about cages. That facility was built under President Obama under (Homeland Security) Secretary Jeh Johnson. I was there … when it was built.

Perhaps Homan’s statement failed to resonate with Democrats because most major news outlets failed to pick it up, or maybe The New York Times, Washington Post, et al. needed to hear it from the horse’s mouth. Over the weekend they got their wish. As Katie Pavlich notes at Townhall:

Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson gave the left another reality check over the weekend about detention centers on the southern border with Mexico.

“Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages, whatever you want to call them, were not invented on January 20, 2017, okay?” Johnson said during an interview at the Aspen Institute.

The post even includes a photo of Johnson touring one of the facilities with “cages” in Arizona in 2014 and contains an explanatory comment by Johnson:

I recognize the photo because Governor Brewer was with me and it was during the spike. We had a lot of unaccompanied kids, we had a lot of family units and under the law one they’re apprehended by the Border Patrol, within 72-hours we have to transfer unaccompanied children to HHS and HHS then puts them in a shelter and find placement for them somewhere in the United States. But during that 72 hour period, when you have something that is a multiple, like four times of what you’re accustomed to in the existing infrastructure, you’ve got to find places quickly to put kids. You cant just dump seven year old kids on the streets of McAllen or El Paso. And so these facilities were erected and that one I think was a large warehouse and they put those chain link partitions up so you could segregate young women from young men, kids from adults, until they were either released or transferred to HHS.

There is even a video of Johnson saying these words, providing an indisputable level of proof:

Will this be enough evidence to quell the rampant outrage toward the Trump administration for its alleged abuses? Something tells me that nothing would be enough.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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