Fox News Host on Separating Immigrant Families: 'Some Would Say It's a More Humane Policy'

Fox News host Jesse Watters argued on The Five Tuesday that separating immigrant children from their families is considered by some "a more humane policy."

Apanel discussion was taking place discussing accounts of immigrant families being separated when Watters stated: "The reason they do this, the reason they have the policy to separate children and families is to discourage human trafficking, to discourage families from taking kids across a treacherous, hot, dangerous southern border trip and they want to discourage dangerous and illegal immigration..."

Watter's co-host Dana Perino agreed, stating: "They also try to separate them because the adults go to a place that you wouldn't want to have children in so let's find a different place for them." Watters added: "Some would say it's a more humane policy to do that. That's the argument."

The Trump administration introduced a heightened "zero tolerance" immigration policy earlier this month designed to deter Central American families from crossing the border. One of the new provisions, as outlined by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, allows children to be separated from parents who are apprehended for trying to cross the border illegally.

"If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law," Sessions said while outlining the Trump administration's stricter immigration stance. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border."

The policy has seen sharp response from Democrats. Congressman Ted Lieu of California tweeted that the policy of separating families was "evil" and would "shock Jesus."

The new immigration policy provides that charged adults get sent to federal court while children are sent to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. In April, the Trump administration testified it lost track of nearly 1,500 undocumented minors that had been taken into custody.

The Department of Health and Human Services released a statement Monday arguing the children are not actually lost, rather their sponsors cannot be reached.

"These children are not 'lost'; their sponsors—who are usually parents or family member and all in cases have been vetted for criminality and ability to provide for them—simply did not respond or could not be reached when this voluntary call was made."

The statements adds: "While there are many possible reasons for this, in many cases sponsors cannot be reached because they themselves are illegal aliens and do not want to be reached by federal authorities. This is the core of this issue."