Incoming House chair slams 'inhuman' Trump team for letting kids die


Rep. Jerry Nadler announced plans to investigate Trump's cruel policies.

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, criticized the Trump administration's "inhuman" treatment of migrants and said the Trump team was "apparently willing" to let children die as a result.

Nadler indicated during an appearance on "CBS This Morning" that he plans to hold hearings in the Judiciary Committee and subpoena witnesses and documents to find out "why kids are dying in custody" of the Department of Homeland Security.

Nadler also said he would use his powers given to him by the Democratic takeover of the House to investigate the Trump administration's continued detainment of children and their implementation of a cruel family separation policy.

"This is inhuman, and it's not precedented. It's a deliberate creation of the Trump administration, which is trying to make things as miserable as possible. And if kids die, they're apparently willing to have that," he concluded.

Trump has used cruelty to migrants — particularly those of Latino descent — to prop up his unpopular administration and feed the bloodlust of the rabid racists within his political base.

Children were ripped from their families and detained by the government after he put in place the policy of prosecuting all border crossers, a change from previous administrations.

Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl, died while in U.S. custody. After news of the death surfaced, Trump's Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen quickly blamed the girl's family for her passing. Appearing on Fox News, Nielsen callously said the death occurred because "this family chose to cross illegally."

Trump later blamed Democrats for other child deaths, writing, "Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally."

He went on to use the deaths of children to justify his unworkable and nonsensical border wall fantasy.

Republicans in Congress not only gave a rubber stamp to Trump's cruel and dangerous immigration policies, but in many instances they actively enabled the racism for their own personal political gain.

Voters punished the party for their behavior, ushering Democrats like Nadler into positions of power. Rep. Nadler's comments show that he intends to deliver concrete congressional action to give voters the accountability and justice they demanded.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.