With the controversy over illegal alien children being separated from their parents whipped into a frenzy by the media, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin got more than she bargained for in an interview Tuesday with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera.
At times sounding more like a liberal activist intent on advocating on behalf of illegal immigrants than a journalist, Baldwin pushed the notion that these children are being “ripped” from the arms of their mothers and she put Cabrera on the spot to answer to this media narrative, but the spokesperson for the National Border Patrol Council was more than up for the task, rendering the CNN anchor speechless.
Baldwin noted there are different ways to enter the US at the southern border, legally and illegally, before pointing out that, according to an NPR reporter, there are delays for asylum seekers who arrive at official checkpoints.
“We’ve had this situation going on for four years now,” Cabrera explained. “I don’t think you can necessarily blame it on one administration or another. It started under one and is continuing under another. It hasn’t been fixed and it needs to be fixed.”
The agent then offered an accurate description of the country’s immigration policy, before documenting the pitfalls.
“Right now we have this beacon of, ‘We’ll leave the light on for you and let you come illegally into the country,'” he said. “If you’ve seen some of the stuff we’ve seen, you’d understand how important it is to have a tough stance to divert people from coming here.”
“When you see a 12-year-old girl with a Plan B pill or her parents put her on birth control because they know getting violated is part of the journey, that’s a terrible way to live,” Cabrera said.
Prompting an audible gasp from Baldwin, he detailed other things agents encounter, like “a four-year-old girl traveling alone with just her parents’ phone number written across her shirt,” or a 9-year-old boy who died of heat stroke “with no family around.”
“And that’s because we’re allowing people to take advantage of this system,” Cabrera said, as he called on Congress to address the challenges of illegal immigration.
Baldwin expressed sympathy for what border patrol agents see on a daily basis before quickly pivoted back to the hype over how the children are being treated by the Trump administration AND border patrol agents.
“Can you assure everyone watching that you and your border patrol colleagues are treating these children humanely,” she asked.
Looking past how utterly disrespectful the question was, Cabrera answered,” I can tell you with absolute certainty that they are being treated humanely.”
Most of our agents are parents. I’ve seen guys and I’ve done it myself, you give your last bottle of water to a kid, you’ll take a toy out of your car to give to one of these kids because you know the situation they’re in,” he said.
“Agents are very sympathetic. We’re human, we’re fathers, we have families. We do a lot for the communities here, whether or not a camera is involved. Our agents are very involved. And nobody saves more lives along the southwestern border than the U.S. Border patrol.”
He went on to state the obvious, which is conveniently ignored by the media, which is that detention centers are better than the alternative for these children.