As the dominant liberal media have spent much of the past week fixated on the Trump administration stepping up prosecutions of those who illegally cross the border, meaning that children have to be separated from illegal immigrant parents, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle dismissed reports of a sharp increase in illegals exploiting unrelated children to try to fraudulently enter the country.
On the Velshi and Ruhle show, the MSNBC host brought up a press conference in which DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the increased prosecutions of illegal border crossers that have resulted in more illegals being separated from their children, as required by law. Ruhle recounted:
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She's justifying family separation by saying there is a huge jump in smugglers and gang members using kids unrelated to them to try to get inside the U.S. But, Ms. Nielsen, I hope you're watching. For fact's sake, You need to know some context.
The MSNBC host then played a clip of Nielsen reporting that there had been a tripling in the number of illegals crossing the border and "fraudulently claiming to be a family unit" over last year.
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Ruhle responded: "Come on, now. The Washington Post points out this is actually a teeny tiny fraction of the families apprehended during that time period."
The MSNBC then recalled that, even after the increase, only about 191 out of 31,000 families (or 0.6 percent) apprehended had fraudulently presented unrelated children as their own, but, instead of being taken aback that...
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