Former Obama Department of Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson stopped by CNN's “New Day” on Thursday morning to discuss a broad range of topics.
After commenting on everything from Russia to the recent back-and-forth between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump, Johnson also weighed in on immigration — an issue that has been quietly back-burnered in recent weeks:
“I believe that we have to enforce our immigration laws consistent with our values, and consistent with humanity...”
But Johnson then remarked on Trump's approach to immigration and the effect he believes that has had:
“Illegal migration on our southern border has gone down since this president has been in office — basically because, through his rhetoric, he's scared off a lot of women and children in Central America, who'd rather stay in their desperate circumstances or just migrate to Mexico and stop there. But these are really desperate women and children. Women with babies in their arms who are trying to flee the poverty and violence in the countries they left.”
When Twitter got wind of Johnson's statements, however ...
Many people seemed to think there was nothing wrong with that — and that slowing down illegal immigration had kind of been the entire point of the rhetoric in the first place:
Johnson wrapped the segment by reiterating his initial point: “We've got to protect our borders, we've got to enforce the law, but we've got to do it in a humane way.”
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