Justice Department lawyer Sarah Fabian became the center of outrage after a far-left news outlet circulated a deceptively edited video showing Fabian seemingly arguing against providing basic hygienic necessities for migrant children detained at the border.
Now, Fabian has responded to the outrage against her in a private Facebook post, NBC News reported.
What did she say?
Fabian, who is a non-partisan career Justice Department official, explained that her legal argument was taken out of context.
“I think that many many people believe I was in court Tuesday arguing against providing certain hygiene items to kids,” Fabian wrote. “Whether that’s because people saw only certain clips of the argument…I do not believe that’s the position I was representing.”
Still, she was quick to express her personal sentiment on the child migrant crisis.
“I will say that I personally believe that we should do our very best to care for kids while they are in our custody, and I try to always represent that value in my work,” she said. “I think I share many people’s anger and fear at times over the future of our country.”
What is the background?
In testimony before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week, Fabian argued the “safe and sanitary” requirement of the Flores Settlement Agreement does not necessarily mandate the government provide unaccompanied migrant children basic hygiene items like soap and toothbrushes in certain circumstances.
Clips from Fabian’s oral arguments were ripped out-of-context by NowThis News and spliced together with exasperated reactions from the panel of judges, removing all crucial nuance to create a false impression.
In fact, Fabian did not argue that the government should not have to provide migrant children with basic hygiene items, but that the Flores Agreement does not specifically enumerate the government must provide them, which it does not.
The video quickly went viral, amassing more than 20 million views and a slew of outrage.
The Justice Department confirmed this week that Fabian was the subject of death threats after the video went viral.