“As more illegal immigrants are rushing the border, more kids are being... temporarily housed at what are essentially summer camps.”


Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday described US detention centers for immigrant children as "essentially summer camps." ​


“As more illegal immigrants are rushing the border, more kids are being separated from their parents,” Ingraham said. “And temporarily housed at what are essentially summer camps.” 

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.


A guest on the show, Breitbart editor Joel Pollak, ​agreed and reported that on a visit to a child detention center he was most impressed by "the care of the staff who work there." He had previously ​tweeted that the children "seem happy and well looked after."

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." He said that an adult detention center he visited was a "big step up" for many of those held there. 

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.

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 Kirstjen Nielsen ​has denied family separation is a policy and said her agency is simply "enforcing  our immigration laws." And President Donald Trump has blamed Democratic lawmakers for not fixing his discretionary policy. 


Meanwhile, US lawmakers are discussing various legislative solutions to the practice, though it is unclear any of the bills would be able to pass the Republican-dominated Congress. The White House has wavered regarding Trump's support for moderate immigration bill being developed in the House of Representatives.