CNN’s Anderson Cooper slammed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday for saying she was unable to answer one very important question during her hearing in front of the House Homeland Security Committee.
When questioned on how many migrant children remain in custody as a result of the Trump administration policy to separate them from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, Ms. Nielsen had no answer. Cooper railed against her, saying he finds that “hard to imagine”. Cooper, host of Anderson 360, had his own questions for Nielsen during his “Keeping Them Honest” segment:
“If you were the point person in charge of kids in custody, some trying to be reunited with parents, some sick, kids of all ages, don’t you think that’s a number you would carry around in your head with you every single day?”Anderson Cooper
Ms. Nielsen doesn’t seem to have any facts on the migrant family separation. She doesn’t know how many children were detained and separated at the border. She doesn’t know how many children are STILL being detained and kept from their families. Cooper emphasized that these are the type of facts the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security should KNOW. Especially when that person KNOWS she’s going to testify before Congress about that very issue.
“Not knowing how many kids you’ve got locked up, it’s part of a pattern for Secretary Nielsen and the administration of not being forthcoming about their policies at the border.”Anderson Cooper
Cooper added that he thought Nielsen’s reasoning that the migrant children were separated from their families for their own good “does seem kind of Orwellian when you consider what subsequently was done to them”.
“She says she doesn’t know how many kids are still in custody. It was a scheduled hearing. And I point that out that it wasn’t a surprise question yelled by a reporter, wasn’t a sudden meeting she wasn’t prepared for, wasn’t a pop quiz. So it’s hard to imagine why Secretary Nielsen would not have that number at her fingertips.”Anderson Cooper