CNN commentator John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, called Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen a “dystopian Disney character,” on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday, for her views on immigration.
Nielsen went on Fox News Tuesday and asked why there was no compassion for Americans who are victims of illegal immigration and Avlon lashed out. (RELATED: Border Agent Says A Wall Would Make Their Jobs Easier)
“I think a conversation about compassion that’s predicated on defending separating children from their parents and putting children on military bases is fundamentally flawed,” Avlon said. “Are you trying to be a dystopian Disney character?”
The Trump administration is considering using military bases to house illegal immigrant children while their status is determined, but Avlon denounced the idea and labeled it a black eye on the history of America.
“For a party that allegedly believes that government doesn’t do a lot right — having soldiers babysit children separated from their parents, probably not the best moment in our history,” Avlon concluded.
A Department of Homeland Security official spoke to The Daily Caller News Foundation and pointed out how the same policy was used during the Obama administration.
President Barack Obama ordered the housing of more than 7,000 illegal immigrant children on military bases in Oklahoma, Texas and California in 2014, the DHS official noted.
This post has been updated to include information from a DHS official.