Biden would later tell reporters he was “teasing them (the hecklers)” about having something done in five days.
The video does show that he was replying to the comments referencing private detention centers, not those calling for ICE to be abolished.
“Folks, you all know what they’re talking about,” he said. “There should be no private prisons, period. None, period. That’s what they’re talking about, private detention centers. They should not exist, and we’re working to close all of them.”
In January, Biden signed an executive order to end the federal use of private prisons.
In it, the President explains that correctional facilities “should ensure that time in prison prepares individuals for the next chapter of their lives.”
Brief interruption from a group who say they voted for Biden, calling for the abolition of ICE and immigrant detention. pic.twitter.com/3gHobJBO7b
While President Biden’s executive order indicates he has more faith in federally-run prisons than private detention centers, his own facilities have come under fire as well.
Though she refused to refer to them as “concentration camps” or “kids in cages,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) ripped the Biden administration in February for opening what the Washington Post called a “migrant facility for children.”
“This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay – no matter the administration or party,” AOC tweeted.
She went on to make suggestions for reform to the immigration system which included such ideas as “DHS (Department of Homeland Security) shouldn’t exist,” and “ICE gotta go.”
It’s only 2 mos into this admin & our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time.
That’s why bold reimagination is so impt.
DHS shouldn’t exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more.
Hundreds of thousands of people are currently being encountered at the border and President Biden’s HHS Secretary says the detention centers are currently “at capacity.”
The reality is, those private detention centers might be necessary to actually help get the Biden border crisis under control in the real world, and not just in his head.
In the same NBC interview, the President was asked about family separations at the border and why, “according to our reporting,” not one child has been reunited with their families during his first 100 days.
“I don’t think that’s true, but that could be,” Biden replied.
Q During campaign, you pledged to reunite 100s of children who had been separated from their parents by the previous admin. According to our reporting, in your first 100 days, not one child has been reunited.