In times of crisis, one would hope the U.S. Department of State would know how to respond accordingly. Sadly, not this time.
On Tuesday, rather than showing any compassion for the nearly 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents at the border due to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, the State Department decided to hold a fun Facebook Live.
The almost 50-minute-long “Family Travel Hacks” Q&A encouraged people to ask about “applying for U.S. passports for kids, document requirements, and tips to make sure your vacation this summer goes smoothly.” Though, predictably, many used the opportunity to share their upset at the fact that families are being separated at the border.
Below, you can watch the full video, where two white representatives of the State Department — Carl and Kim, who work in Passport Services — happily talk about traveling families like it’s no big deal.
Both Carl and Kim go on to joyously explain they’re each parents who have had great experiences with obtaining passports for their children — something I’m sure can’t be said by the parents of the distraught children who are currently being held in detention centers.
They even thought it wise to hold up their children’s passport photos in admiration SEVERAL TIMES.
Here are just some of the many comments from angry and appalled people watching the live stream, wondering how the U.S. State Department could be so upbeat and tone deaf at a time like this.
Needless to say, people were NOT pleased with the timing of this Facebook Live.
If you too, are tired of the lack of action being taken to to help families at the border, check out our guide on how to help.