Feinstein on Child Migrants: "This Is The United States, Not Nazi Germany, And There's A Difference"


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) likens the problem of migrants seeking asylum at the U.S. border to Nazi Germany.

HAYES: So then tell me this. What is the end game here from your perspective? It seems to be that the White House quite explicitly is essentially using these children as hostages to try to get Democrats to give in to a variety of demands they have on restricting legal immigration as part of a legislative package. Is that something you're willing to entertain?

FEINSTEIN: Well, I think that's exactly right. Of course, we're willing to entertain a legislative package if it makes sense, but don't hold children hostage. I mean you don't have to take 2,500 children from their parents to get support for something. I mean, that's bizarre.

And I -- it's hard for me to believe that even President Trump would want to do that. I -- it's just bizarre.

HAYES: Well, he pretty clearly does want to do it, at least his advisers do. I mean, you have John Kelly talking about how its a deterrent, you have Steven Miller giving on the record quotes about how it’s a deterrent, Jeff Sessions saying the Roman 13 commands us to obey the laws of man in a godly fashion.

I mean, there does seem to be a part of this administration that knows what they're doing.

FEINSTEIN: Well, this is the United States of America. It isn't Nazi Germany, and there's a difference. And we don't take children from their parents until now and I think it's such a sad day. People are so upset.

I just read a wonderful letter to the editor by Laura Bush. I can't believe that this is happening in the United States, and the president insists. So we, of course, will do everything we can to pass a bill which would prohibit this.

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