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‘Fox & Friends’ host on detained children: ‘These aren’t our kids’

The Hill logo The Hill 6/22/2018 Justin Wise

Donald Trump, Mike Pence are posing for a picture © Provided by The Hill "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade on Friday defended President Trump's "zero tolerance" approach to migrants that illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, saying "these aren't our kids" being detained separately while their parents face legal prosecution.

"Like it or not, these are not our kids," he said. "Show them compassion, but it's not like he's doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country."

Kilmeade argued that people are treating migrant children as if they are more important than "people in our country who pay taxes and have needs as well."

His fellow host, Ainsley Earhardt, responded by saying that Trump "just wants to make sure we vet who's coming across the border, in case it's MS-13 or drugs."

"It wasn't President Trump's idea to have everyone leave from Central and South America in June," Kilmeade said. "Somebody has to deal with this issue. It doesn't matter who the president is. If you don't like his policy, he's also open to your policy, rather than just criticizing his. He's trying to send a message to the other countries, 'this is not the way you do it,' because this is a country that has rules and laws. We just can't let everybody in that wants to be here."

The comments came the same week that Trump signed an executive order to end an immigration policy that resulted in thousands of families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. It remains unclear how or when parents and families that were already separated will be reunited.

Trump initially defended his policy, but faced increasing pressure from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers to change it.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on Twitter on Thursday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen privately told lawmakers that the Trump administration's family separation practice could resume despite the president signing an order to end the practice.

Trump insisted this week that Congress must enact broad immigration reform that includes increased border security. The House intends to vote on a compromise immigration bill next week, and has already rejected a hardline immigration bill.

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