(Breitbart) – Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” 2020 presidential candidates Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said the ICE raids in Mississippi were a part of a “campaign of terror.”
Harris said, “Look what’s happening now, Chuck, just most recently, with the announcement of the raids from months ago, much less what happened in El Paso, to the most recent raids where hundreds of people were picked up, many released because they probably shouldn’t have been picked up in the first place, people are afraid in our country.”
Host Chuck Todd asked, “Do you think Hispanics feel targeted right now?”
Harris answered, “I do between El Paso and this ICE raid that took place in Mississippi.”
This administration has directed DHS to conduct these raids as part of what I believe is this administration’s campaign of terror, which is to make whole populations of people afraid to go to work. Children are afraid to go to school for fear that when they come home, their parents won’t be there.”
Flashback: Fact Check: Kamala Harris Falsely Claims Migrant Teens ‘Incarcerated … Like Criminals’
CLAIM: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said at the second Democratic debate that “children” at the border are being “incarcerated as though they’ve committed crimes.”
VERDICT: False — minors are being sheltered until they can be released to the custody of relatives or guardians.
Harris referred to her visit to Homestead, Florida, after the first Democratic debate, where several presidential candidates joined protesters outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children.
She said: “I climbed that ladder, and I looked over the fence. I saw children lined up single-file based on gender being walked into barracks. The policies of this administration have been facilitated by laws on the books. that allow these children to be incarcerated as though they’ve committed crimes. These children have not committed crimes, and should not be treated like criminals.”
The facility was first opened under the Obama administration.
The “children” at the facility are, in fact, teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17. They crossed the border illegally, which is a crime.
In some cases, migrant children are actually rescued by U.S. Border Patrol after being abandoned by smugglers.
They were not separated from their parents by U.S. authorities. According to the federal government, most crossed the border illegally — and unaccompanied by adults.
The U.S. government has few options. It cannot return them, unaccompanied, to Mexico. It cannot allow them to enter the country alone.
So it provides temporary shelter for them. They are housed in dormitory-style conditions and are provided medical care, toiletries, education, counseling, and recreation.
They are “separated by gender” to protect the teenager from sexual abuse.
Breitbart News visited one such facility last year, in California, noting: “The children at the facility seemed genuinely happy, despite their unfortunate circumstances and the trauma of their long journey.”
The goal of these facilities is to reunite the children with sponsors in the U.S. — even if those sponsors may themselves be in the country illegally.