CNN's Don Lemon reacts to the Trump administration failing to meet the first court-ordered family reunification deadline for migrants who were separated from their children while seeking asylum in the United States.
From Tuesday's broadcast of CNN Tonight:
DON LEMON, CNN: It would be a disgrace if this got lost in the never ending parade of headlines, remember every day there's something, there's something with a deluge of everything. Right?
The Trump administration today blew a court order deadline to reunite parents with their children under the age of five. Children taken from them at the border.
One hundred two of those children have been ordered reunited or returned to their mothers and fathers, as of a few hours ago, just 38 were back with their families.
Now bear in mind this is far from the total number of children taken away from their parents. These are just the children who are under five years old. That itself is an outrage. Our government in your name and my name as well, took the smallest most defenseless children away from their parents with no plan in place to reunite them. And that's true, you know why? Because they missed the deadline, a court ordered one.
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TRUMP: We're going to have a lot of happy people.
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LEMON: The president signed an executive order last month that was billed as the end to family separations. The fact is, it was nothing of the kind. It was a smoke screen. Made to try to get you to believe that something was going to change, all of these families would be reunited soon, and they knew where their parents were, they didn't.
Smoke screen, maybe it's gas lighting, who knows. But it didn't pan out. Thousands of families are still in limbo right now, still desperately searching for their children. And the president in the face of so many -- too many heartbreaking scenes at the border, he says this today.
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TRUMP: Well, I have a solution. Tell people not to come to our country illegally, that's the solution. Don't come to our country illegally. Come like other people do, come legally.
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LEMON: That is breathtakingly cruel. The President of the United States right there in his policies in his administration's actions, endorsing taking children from their families in order to send a message to keep undocumented immigrants from coming here. People who are seeking asylum. People who want better lives.
Isn't that why all of our families, our ancestors came here? Just asking. And because he believes, really in the end it helps him with his base.
And to all of you who look at pictures like these and say, I can't believe it. Believe it. This is happening. All of this, you know what, B.S. is real. And as I said, it's happening in your name, in mine.
So where is the outrage? I'm not just talking about you, what are we -- what are we all doing? Have we become numb to all of this? Children being separated from their parents, under five years old, many of them. Really?
This is not about Republican versus Democrats, so don't give me that crap about - you're such a liberal. You're a lib. No, I'm not. This is not about liberal versus conservative. It's not about that at all. This is about being a human being and being humane.
This is beyond ideology. This is madness, it is crazy. This is as I said, B.S., and we have to stop this. This is about what we want to be and who we want to be as Americans. And about what kind of country we want to be, what kind of people we want to be.
Those children deserve better. We all deserve better.