The MSNBC host struggles to get through a segment on her nightly show, describing babies being forcibly removed from their parents and taken to shelters under Trump’s hardline immigration laws. Maddow eventually crosses to another anchor, appearing too emotional to finish reading the report.
Later, on Twitter, Maddow apologized for breaking down, saying it was not “the way I intended that to go, not by a mile,” and that she was trying to read the following passage from the Associated Press:
Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.
Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis.
President Donald Trump’s administration officials have described the children as being “well taken care of” in custody.
The same Associated Press report quoted an official as saying the children are with “very well-trained clinicians, and those facilities meet state licensing standards for child welfare agencies, and they’re staffed by people who know how to deal with the needs — particularly of the younger children.”
But experts say that the mere act of separating children from their primary caregiver creates a traumatic experience for the child.
Trump maintains that this issue must be solved by Congress changing the laws around immigration. On Tuesday he met with Republican lawmakers and seemed to back a moderate compromise bill that could alleviate the situation, though it was drafted with no input from Democrats.
Source: Business Insider