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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Matthew Albence has blamed immigrant parents for agents separating them from their children, arguing that they are responsible for being detained.
"The parents or the individuals that are breaking the law are ultimately the ones that are responsible for placing their children in this situation," Albence said in a pre-recorded interview with NBC Nightly News, which will air in full on Tuesday evening.
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The immigration official made the comment after he was confronted with a video of a crying child whose father was detained by ICE in a large raid in Mississippi last week. Gabe Gutierrez, who was interviewing Albence, asked what he would say to the young girl.
EXCLUSIVE: Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence sits down with @gabegutierrez and reacts to the now-viral video of an 11-year-old girl crying for her father who was detained during the recent Mississippi immigration raids.
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"I don't think I would speak to the little girl. I would speak to the parents and I would speak to the community at large. Look, I'm a parent, most of our officers and agents are parents – some of the most difficult things that we have to do in our jobs to enforce the laws involve the separation of parents from children," he said.
Pointing out that some ICE agents deal with separating families on a daily basis, he argued that the agency conducts "operations with professionalism, with compassion and with humanity."
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"And we try our best to minimalize the impact on the innocent people...
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