This colloquy between Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Matthew Albence and U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) is real. It took place during a senate hearing on Tuesday.
Hirono: “Would you send your child to [the Family Residential Center]?”
Albence: “Again, I think we’re missing the point. These individuals are there because they have broken a law. There has to be a process.”
Hirono: “They have broken a law only as deemed so by the president,”
Albence: “No, ma’am. They’re there for violation of Title 8 of the immigration of the U.S. and Nationality Act. OK? They’re 8 USC 1325 — that’s illegal entry — is both a criminal and civil violation. “They are in those FRCs pending the outcome of that civil immigration process. They have broken the law.”
Then, when Albence tries to explain why this is so, Hirono, with a look of askance, informs him – and us – that “I’m confused”.
Want to see the video? Here it is:
My congratulations to Hawaii, for electing a United States Senator that did not know, and apparently cannot figure out why, people who come here illegally have done something illegal.
How proud the Aloha State must be.