Joe Biden Tries to Deny There Were Immigrant Children In Cages During Obama Era
Former Vice President Joe Biden disputed the caging of immigrant children during the Obama administration during an interview on Real America with Jorge Ramos on Friday.
Ramos pointed out Biden did not speak the truth during the debate in Houston.
“At the debate in Houston, you said that during the Obama administration and I quote, ‘We didn’t lock people in cages,’ but you actually did. Not in the same numbers as the Trump administration, but you did,” said Ramos.
“We found a picture of an 8-year-old boy from Honduras. It was taken in 2014, at a detention center in McAllen, Texas,” Ramos said. “I spoke with the photographer.”
“Yes, and what happened was, all the unaccompanied children coming across the border, we tried to get them out. We kept them safe and get them out of the detention centers,” said Biden. “Essentially that center, that were run by Homeland Security and get them into communities as quickly as we can.”
Ramos rebutted, “Many people would say there were cages.”
“Well, look, you know, you’re not telling the truth here about the comparison of the two things,” argued Biden.
“I’m saying that the numbers in your administration were not the same as the ones we’re seeing right now with the Trump administration,” Ramos replied.
“Well, beyond that, but look how quickly we got them out and got them back to families. Look how we didn’t engage and we sought the relatives here,” Biden said. “We sought to get them into safe communities. We sought to get them out of the control of Homeland Security to get them safe, but they came unaccompanied, unaccompanied.”
Biden then went on to change the situation in Honduras and Guatamala so people didn’t want to leave in the first place. Biden claimed the number of immigrants dropped off. But Ramos argued the migrants came back.
Jorge Ramos asks Joe Biden why the Obama Administration put children at the border in cages:— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 15, 2020
“We kept them safe... They came unaccompanied.”pic.twitter.com/bBOE5dqjvb
What Biden didn’t tell Ramos was the fact that between 2013 and 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) placed 90,000 migrant children into sponsor care homes. Thousands ended up in homes with guardians who had criminal histories including domestic violence, homicide, child molestation, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
HHS claimed they lacked the funds to do rigorous background checks, however, it was discovered the agency did not use all the funds allocated to handle the crisis.
In 2015, federal agents arrested smugglers who posed as sponsors and forced at least 6 migrant children into working 12 hour days on an Ohio egg farm.