Psaki: We don't take immigration advice from Trump

White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to criticism from former President Donald Trump over the administration's immigration policies, insisting the White House doesn't take counsel from Trump, whose policies she called "inhumane." (March 5)

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- I know you don't want to answer to him, but the former president just released a statement saying that the Biden administration must act immediately to end the border nightmare that they have unleashed on our nation.

JEN PSAKI: Former President Trump?

- Yes.

JEN PSAKI: We don't take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy, which was not only inhumane but ineffective over the last four years. We're going to chart our own path forward, and that includes treating children with humanity and respect and ensuring they're safe when they cross our borders.

- I guess, is the plan then to take in and safely and humanely find a home for an unlimited number of unaccompanied children?

JEN PSAKI: I think this issue requires us taking a step back as human beings and as mothers, of which I am one. I know there are many in the room or many at home. These kids are coming. They are fleeing prosecution. They are fleeing difficult circumstances in their home country.

When they come here, all we're talking about here is ensuring that they are treated safely. They are not trafficked. They are not sent back on a unsafe journey. That's what we're talking about. When they come, when these kids come in, it doesn't mean they are insured that they get to stay. They go through the processing system that everyone goes through, but we want to ensure that that is done by treating them humanely and with respect. Many of them will be sent back home eventually, but we're talking about how we treat them as they come in the country.