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WATCH: Kirstjen Nielsen Says Cages Are ‘Areas…Carved Out for the Safety and Protection of Those Who Remain There While Being Processed’

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday to give insight as to the treatment of apprehended undocumented immigrants, the state of the southern border, and the future of President Donald Trump’s wall there.

The Trump administration’s policy of forcibly separating families to put the children in cages shocked the country last year.

At today’s hearing, Nielsen insisted that the enclosures weren’t cages.

“Sir, they’re not cages!” Nielsen said to Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS).

“What are they?” asked Thompson.

“They are areas of the border facility that are carved out for the safety and protection of those who remain there while they’re being processed.”

Watch below:

She tried—and failed—again to argue semantics with the committee members.


Others agreed that Nielsen’s definition was at best reminiscent of a cage.

This isn’t the first time Trump’s officials have tried to fend off the word “cage.”

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