Lauren Boebert Says Migrant Parents 'Self-Separating' From Children at Mexico Border

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has claimed migrant parents are deliberately "self-separating" from their children at the border with Mexico in hopes of reuniting after crossing into the United States.

During an appearance on Newsmax on Thursday, Boebert discussed her visit to the border in McAllen, Texas in early June. She told host Greg Kelly she had spoken with border patrol agents, sheriffs and local landowners.

"And, Greg, I gotta tell ya, the border patrol agents, they are overwhelmed," Boebert said. "They're overrun, their facilities are obviously over-capacity, but they cannot even test people for COVID, because they can't risk having a positive COVID test and quarantining these illegal aliens that are crossing."

Boebert went on to claim that the current surge in migration was "mission accomplished" for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

"The hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens that are crossing our borders, the families that are self-separating, Greg. We heard for years under the Trump administration that Trump is separating parents and children and putting the children in cages," Boebert said, referring to the family separation policy of former President Donald Trump.

Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert demands action from Vice President Kamala Harris.

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"Well, this time last year, in the Trump administration, there were 1,400 unaccompanied minors in the [Department of Health and Human Services] facilities," she said. "Now, when I was there, there were 22,000 unaccompanied minors in the custody of the HHS facility."

According to the government department's latest statistics, 17,847 children were in HHS care as of May 26. Boebert has previously attributed the figures she cites to border patrol agents she has spoken to.

"This is a full-blown crisis and parents are self-separating from their children because of the Biden policies," Boebert said. "If your child is 7 years of age or older, you cannot cross with your child.

"So, they are purposefully self-separating from their children, putting their children in the hands of the cartels and meeting them on the other side, knowing that we will reunite them on the other side."

Boebert has not provided evidence for these statements.

During her Newsmax appearance, the congresswoman said she had also seen "buses of migrants filled" and on a "15-minute loop."

"They are filling these buses with migrants, sending them into hotels and sending them all throughout our country, Greg—I saw them in the McAllen airport, groups of migrants with manila envelopes with instructions on how to board their future flights, and they are going all over the country."

During her trip to McAllen, Boebert posted a video of herself carrying a cardboard cut-out of Harris by the border. The vice president has come under fire from Republican lawmakers for failing to visit the southern border.

Harris—who has been tasked by Biden with tackling the root causes of the increase in immigration from Central America—was questioned on this point during an official visit to Guatemala in early June. In an NBC News interview, host Lester Holt asked about a border trip, to which Harris replied that she hadn't been to Europe either and didn't "understand the point" Holt was making.

The Guatemala trip also led to criticism from the left after the vice president told prospective migrants, "Do not come," during a press conference with President Alejandro Giammattei.

On Thursday, Alejandro Mayorkas, the homeland security secretary, told lawmakers his department was "studying border wall construction."

Newsweek has contacted the vice president's chief spokesperson, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services for comment.

Lauren Boebert at CPAC in Florida
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on February 27. On a recent visit to the southern border, Boebert was filmed carrying around a cardboard cut-out of Vice President Kamala Harris. Joe Raedle/Getty Images