Border official: Timing of immigration raids ‘unfortunate’

Immigration

Raids carried out hours before Trump visited El Paso, Dayton

Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan arrives to the National Palace for a meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, in Guatemala City, Thursday, August 1, 2019. McAleenan and Morales met to discuss an agreement under which many asylum seekers would have to file claims in the Central American nation rather than in the United States. (AP Photo/ Oliver de Ros)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials are defending last week’s mass immigration raids in Mississippi, including emotional footage of a girl pleading with authorities to let her father go.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan acknowledged that video of the 11-year-old sobbing was “emotional” but says the girl was quickly reunited with her mother.

He said Sunday on CNN: “I understand that the girl is upset. And I get that. But her father committed a crime.”

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan acknowledged the timing of the raids was “unfortunate,” coming hours before President Donald Trump visited El Paso, Texas, where a man who told authorities he was targeting Mexicans killed 22 people on Aug. 3. But McAleenan tells NBC the operation had been planned for more than a year.

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