News & Opinion | June 19, 2018 11:06 am

After Backlash, Laura Ingraham Calls Child Detention Centers “Boarding Schools”

She had previously referred to them as "essentially summer camps."

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Laura Ingraham's show has best month to date. (Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Fox News host Laura Ingraham had been referring to the detention centers where migrant children are held after being forcibly separated from their families as “summer camps.” After coming under fire for that, she decided to start calling them “boarding schools.” She chose this phrase because it is how they were described in the San Diego Union-Tribune, which wrote, “Many elements of Casa San Diego, an El Cajon facility for unaccompanied children who arrived at the southern border, seem like what one would expect from a boarding school.”

However, the article went on to say, “On closer inspection, details about the California-licensed childcare facility run by Southwest Key Programs reflect the situation of the children it serves … It’s surrounded by fencing that is backed by privacy netting, and a sign at the gate warns visitors that it’s under video surveillance 24 hours per day. If someone opens the front door of the facility without first swiping a badge, an alarm blares through the hallway, warning of a potential escape,” according to Deadline.