On Sunday, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin compared the 12 Thai soccer players trapped in a cave to the thousands of migrant children separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border.
“Hearts and prayers are with those boys in Thailand trapped in the cave,” Durbin said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “I hope our hearts and prayers are also with thousands of children – toddlers and infants – removed from their parents by the Trump administration under zero-tolerance.”
He added that the children at the border were “trapped in a bureaucratic cave” and should not be forgotten.
Durbin also accused President Donald Trump of holding migrant children “hostage,” indicating that the President is being “mean.”
“What we see in this process, forcibly removing children from their parents at the border, and then putting them adrift on a bureaucratic sea where they can’t even find them — if you took a child into a hospital for treatment, the first thing they do is strap a bracelet on the wrist to make sure they aren’t lost in the hospital,” the senator said, according to The Daily Wire.
He added that “cruelty and incompetence” have contributed to the situation being as it is.
Although the exact number of migrant children who have been separated from their families is not clear, it falls somewhere in the two thousand, about 520 of which have already been reunited with parents.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said last week there were somewhere “under 3,000” children who were believed to have been separated, but that includes kids who may have lost parents along the journey, not just parents who were detained at the border.