Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) explained on CNN over the weekend that the child migrant crisis "was kept very quiet under Obama administration." (Image source: YouTube screenshot)
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A Democratic congressman dropped a bombshell on Saturday, admitting during an interview with CNN that the migrant child crisis, which has again come to the forefront of national politics, "was kept very quiet under the Obama administration."
The issue has become one of the most controversial issues after the Trump administration implemented a "zero tolerance" illegal immigration policy.
What did the congressman say?
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) admitted he knew the Obama administration attempted to cover-up the child migrant crisis in 2013 and 2014, which was exposed when a photo of two children sleeping inside a cage went viral.
"It was kept very quiet under the Obama administration. There were large numbers of people coming in. The Obama administration was trying to keep this quiet," Cuellar said.
Unfortunately, Cuellar explained the number of children currently being held in detention centers is similar to levels seen during the Obama administration. Nearly 70,000 unaccompanied minors flooded the U.S. in 2014, according to Customs and Border Patrol.
And while the current story focuses on a policy that forces the separation of parents from their children, Cuellar said many minors being held in the detention centers traveled to the U.S. alone.
"Some of them are coming alone," he explained.
"Keep in mind that under the law, you can separate a child if that person — the adult — is not the real parent or the custodian because sometimes we see situations where they’ll bring a child because they know of the policy that we have over here with children," Cuellar added.
The Texas Democrat ended the interview explaining that the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy needs to be scrutinized since it is being used to separate families.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News