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'The Government Has a Lot to Answer For': MSNBC Guest Blasts the Trump Administration's Pitiful Efforts to Reunite Immigrant Families

July 10, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“This should be an all-hands-on-deck kind of exercise.”

Law professor Joyce Vance criticized the Trump administration's response to the crisis it caused by separating immigrant families en masse at the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing that officials haven't done enough to reunite the parents and kids despite a court-imposed deadline.

“This should be an all hands on deck kind of exercise,” she said Tuesday on MSNBC. “These are tender-age children, the youngest children who will be permanently damaged by prolonged separation from their parents.”

She continued: ”The government has incredible resources it can marshal for a situation like this. It hasn't marshaled those resources, and I think that's why we're seeing the judge in California today going line by line through these children asking the government in each case: 'Why can't you reunite this kid? Where are the parents?' There are even reports late today that there may be one young child who is an American citizen who was detained.”

“The government has a lot to answer for here,” Vance added.

When asked about the government's was extensive delays in reuniting families on Tuesday, Trump callously said: “Well, I have a solution. Tell people not to come to our country illegally.”

Watch the clip below:

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