RED HOT: Obama DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson Says Border Detentions In 2014 Were ‘Necessary’ And Still Are

People on the Left are quickly learning that the immigration laws currently being enforced by the Trump administration are the same ones which were on the books under former President Obama.

They were enforced then, much to the silence of Democrats.

Obama-era Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson may have just halted future attempts of Democrats to criticize the Trump administration concerning the immigration issue when he said the enforcement is “necessary.” During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” with host Chris Wallace, Johnson was asked about the infamous 2014 photos of detention centers. Johnson said enforcement of the law to detain people illegally crossing into the country was “necessary” then and is still necessary in 2018.

Check it out, per Mediaite:

On Sunday, former Secretary Johnson told Chris Wallace that they thought it was necessary at the time, and that it is still is.

Wallace showed now infamous photos from 2014 of children in detention and asked if the Obama administration had handled things “so well.”

“Without a doubt the images, and the reality, from 2014, just like 2018, are not pretty,” said Johnson. “We expanded it, I freely admit it was controversial, we believed it was necessary at the time, I still believe it is necessary to remain a certain capability for families.”

Here’s a partial transcript of the interview, obtained via Breitbart:

WALLACE: Let’s look — because you mentioned it — at how the Obama administration and you as secretary of Homeland Security handle this back in 2014 when there was also a spike in children, most of them unaccompanied coming across the border. You started jailing entire families. In some cases, not a lot, but in some, you separated children from their parents in these pictures that we are putting up, from 2014, show pictures of unaccompanied minors in effect jail situations. As you look back on that, did you handle it so well?

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JOHNSON: Well, Chris, without a doubt the images and the reality from 2014 just like 2018 are not pretty. And so, we expanded family detention. We had then 34,000 beds for family detention, only 95 of 34,000 equipped to deal with families. So, we extended it. I freely admit it was controversial. We believed it was necessary at the time. I still believe it is necessary to name (ph) a certain capability for families. We can’t have catch and release and in my three years we deported, or repatriated or returned over a million people.

But, again, you can deal with this on the border. You can try different things. We did not want to go so far as to separate families. But unless we deal with the underlying causes that are motivating people to come here in the first place we are going to continue to bang our heads against the wall on this issue.

The two men then discussed ideas for a more long-term, permanent solution to the immigration crisis happening along the border.

During the exchange, Johnson admits that federal immigration enforcement officials and local law enforcement officers should be freely given all the resources they deem necessary to protect the nation’s border.

WALLACE: All right. Let’s look at the problem that President Trump is trying to address right now. Let’s put it up on the screen: 40,000 to 50,000 people across the border illegally each month. Last month, 9,500 family members crossed the border illegally and up to 40,000 unaccompanied minors cross per year.

When I was talking this week to a top member of the Trump administration, he — and I told him you were going to be on show, he said, I have one question for Secretary Johnson: what is the Democrat solution? How would they deal?

I mean, it’s easy to say, well, we’ve got to fix Central America. But come on, that isn’t going to solve the 40,000, 50,000 coming each month.


WALLACE: Certainly not anytime soon. How would you deal with that flood of people coming over the border now?

JOHNSON: Well, I’ll tell you of Jeh Johnson’s solution. Continue our border security efforts. Give the border control, give immigration enforcement the tools they need, but let’s not go so far as two separate families.

But also continue what Congress started two years ago, aid to Central America to deal with the property and violence and also encourage other countries in the region, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, to develop their own systems for asylum, for refugee processing.

Johnson has been critical of the separation of children and their parents along the border. His comments in the interview regard the enforcement of the law to detain both children and adults together.

President Trump has signed an executive order which suspended the policy of separating children from adults who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

As Twitchy reports, no Democrats are calling for people to show up at Johnson’s home or for him to be harassed at a restaurant.



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