Talking Points Memo reports that on Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence avoided questions about the border detention facilities that migrant children are living in.
Sarah Fabian, a Department of Justice lawyer, argued last week that the federal government should not be required to give the detained migrant children soap or toothbrushes, as those things are not, in Fabian’s opinion, necessary for a “safe and sanitary” environment.
CNN reporter Jake Tapper said to Pence: “This is the wealthiest nation in the world. “We have money to give toothpaste and soap and blankets to the kids in this facility in El Paso county, right now we do.”
“Of course we do,” Pence replied.
“So why aren’t we?” Tapper asked.
Pence said that was a decision for Congress to make. He then promptly changed the subject.
“My point is it’s all a part of the appropriations process,” Pence said. “Congress needs to provide additional support to deal with the crisis at our southern border but we’ve got to get to the root causes. We’ve got to close the loopholes that human traffickers, as we speak, are using to entice vulnerable families to take the long and dangerous journey north.”
Tapper described the dismal conditions in a Texas child detention center. He then said, “I know you. You’re a father, you’re a man of faith. You can’t approve of that.”
“Well, no American, no American, should approve of this mass influx of people coming across our border,” Pence replied. “It is overwhelming our system.”
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