“As more illegal immigrants are rushing the border, more kids are being... temporarily housed at what are essentially summer camps.”
ox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday described US detention centers for immigrant children as "essentially summer camps."
Laura Ingraham describes the detention facilities where children are sent after being forcibly separated from their parents as "essentially summer camps." pic.twitter.com/K6ao3lbS6Q— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 19, 2018
Ingraham noted that The San Diego Union Tribune had earlier in the day compared the camps to “boarding schools.”
She joined a chorus of conservative commentators on the network in brushing off concerns about the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant families at the border.
Hours earlier, her fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson dismissed mounting outcry over immigrant children separated from their parents under President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal immigration, which was made official last month.
"You think any of these people care about family separation? If they did, they’d be upset about the collapse of the American family, which is measurable and real," he said. "They’re not. They welcome that collapse, because strong families are an impediment to their political power.
"Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocy insisted on Monday morning that the chain-link fence pens being used to house immigrant children are not "cages."
“You do see that they have those thermal blankets, you do see some fencing, but keep in mind — some have referred to them as ‘cages,’ but, keep in mind, this is a great, big warehouse facility where they built walls out of chain link fences,” he said.
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Inside look at California shelter for migrant children | https://t.co/Ksc8DkKhi1— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) June 18, 2018
Mark Krikoiran, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said on "Fox & Friends" Sunday that the detention centers are actually "shelters" and said children "can just leave."
The Center for Immigration Studies is one of the anti-immigration groups founded with the help of John Tanton, an ophthalmologist who opposes immigration on racial grounds.
Fox New contributor Tomi Lahren argued on the network Saturday that it is Americans, rather than illegal immigrants, who deserve the public's sympathy.
"Where is the compassion for American citizens?" she asked. "Where is the compassion for legal immigrants living in this country that expect the rule of law to be followed?
On Monday, Lahren tweeted that the United States would not "drop everything" for illegal immigrants "and tend to your 'family unit." "You choose to come here ILLEGALLY there are consequences," she said.
Let’s break this down: you come here ILLEGALLY, you drag your kids over here ILLEGALLY then we are supposed to drop everything and tend to your “family unit?!” No. You choose to come here ILLEGALLY there are consequences. No red carpet for you.— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) June 18, 2018
The pushback on Fox News came as conservatives and liberals alike, including the past four First Ladies, have in recent days condemned the practice of family separation as inhumane and un-American. According to the Department of Homeland Security, some 2,000 children were taken from their parents at the border between April 19 and May 31, and the rate has only risen this month.
The Trump administration has responded with mixed messages. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has argued that taking children from their parents works to deter illegal immigration, and cited a Bible verse to justice the practice. Secretary of Homeland Security