By Nick Arama – June 25, 2018
Obama Administration Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson just put a big hole in the left’s attack on President Donald Trump.
Democrats and liberal media have been attacking Trump over its detention policies.
Trump signed an executive order ending separation and Johnson’s words may finish off whatever remaining criticism that’s thrown out there, if the mainstream media actually covers what he said.
Johnson admitted that even the Obama administration believed detentions were necessary and that they expanded family detention.
From Daily Caller:
“Without a doubt the images, and the reality, from 2014, just like 2018, are not pretty,” Johnson told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace. “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.”
He acknowledged that they had deported over a million people.He also made another critical admission.
Johnson added that the “catch-and-release” strategy of allowing asylum seekers to remain in the country on their own reconnaissance until their asylum hearing, was untenable, and that the Obama Administration, contrary to popular belief, “deported or repatriated” more than a million illegal immigrants.
They tried “catch and release.” The result? People bounced and didn’t show up in substantial numbers. And that it prompted more people to frivolously claim asylum, knowing then they could potentially have a free ticket right into the country. Then that resulted in the huge overflow with which they had to deal in 2014 that ended up with the system overloaded, with kids being kept in cages and turned over to human traffickers.
Although President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to end separations and all are expected to be reunited by Sunday night according to reports, immigration activists are still objecting to families being held at all.
And they are essentially pushing for “catch and release,” if “caught” at all.Guessing that Jeh Johnson’s admission that that is just not a feasible approach wouldn’t get a lot of mainstream media airplay. That might distract from the narrative.