What Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Thinks About Trump’s Immigration Policy (HBO)

President Barack Obama’s former homeland security secretary Jeh Johnson would prefer not to be the frequent recipient of President Trump’s praise. But despite his party allegiance and previous employer, the president, his son, and the White House’s official Twitter feed have all recently praised Johnson for telling multiple interviewers that America’s southern border is “truly in a crisis.”
When VICE News’s Michael Moynihan sat down with Johnson to discuss Trump, the politics of immigration, and his tenure overseeing border enforcement, he was quick to point out that the president and his surrogates truncated his quote, leaving out his criticism of administration policies.
“I said that 4000 arrests on our southern border — one hundred thousand in a month — is truly a crisis,” Johnson told VICE News. “I then went on to, in the same interview, prescribe all the things I think should be done to deal with the crisis and what we seem to be doing wrong. The one sentence ‘it is truly a crisis’ went viral.”
Johnson, who began his career in politics interning for Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a centrist Democrat, acknowledges that his party is lurching to the left — and that the Obama administration’s aggressive immigration policies would get a tougher reception these days.

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The Activists And Politicians Rallying Against Trump’s Immigration Policy (HBO)

A senior official at a Texas tent camp that’s now housing more than 300 migrant children said Monday that even his own staffers don’t believe the Trump administration should have separated migrant families at the border.

“They hate this mission,” the official said of Tornillo staffers, who are not government employees but hired through the private contractor BCFS, which operates the facility. “Everyone who’s working here would go home today.”

On Monday, more than two weeks after the Trump administration opened up Tornillo’s “camp” for migrant children, officials finally opened its doors to reporters.

The shelter, which is about 30 miles east of El Paso, currently holds 326 children, the vast majority of whom entered the United States without authorization and without their parents. Right now, 23 separated children live in Tornillo; three were already reunited with their parents, officials said. Most of the camp’s inhabitants are boys age 13 to 17 from Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

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