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Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan describes the ongoing immigration crisis at the border on ” The Ingraham angle.’
The Deputy head of the Department of Homeland Security is to deny allegations that US authorities will continue to take children from their families.
“First of all, that is not happening. We are arriving the separation of children in perhaps one case a day, of the 3000 families,” Kevin McAleenan said on Thursday in an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham angle.”
“It’s very rare,” he added. “It is for the safety of the child first and foremost.”
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McAleenan, 47, a native of Hawaii, was to the DHS by President Trump in April, after the departure of the former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Previously, he served as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a unit of DHS.
On Thursday’s show, McAleenan reacted to a clip of MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski talk about family separations on Thursday morning.
“It is our responsibility as a country and as a nation,” said Brzezinski. “We are given no answers, what happens is, small, young children, teenagers, girls, boys, [the were taken away], by their families, by their parents and left alone in our custody.”
McAleenan also about his recent appearances on Capitol Hill to ask for funding, including a hearing, where Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., asked him about the effects of separation of children from their families on the border. She closed with the statement that children in the US lived custody in poor circumstances and played on news reports that several children in US custody died.
McAleenan said Ingraham, he said, Underwood’s representation of the situation.
“It is a sad state in our policy but we have a real crisis, and we have solutions on the table, and clarity of what the men and women on the border to the Congress and yet the kind of thing that we hear,” McAleenan said.
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McAleenan also spoke about diseases that the migrants at the U.S.-Mexican border.
“We see younger children arrive, seepage every single day. We had an H1N1 outbreak yesterday in McAllen [Texas] station, the infectious disease with the teenager died on Monday. It looks like he had the flu, a very virulent strain of flu, H1N1. We have seen measles, as we have seen, the mumps, people in ICE detention that are under quarantine due to mumps. It is said an enormous challenge,” McAleenan, adding that the situation with the smugglers, and aggravated the disease.