Department of State sends tweet about traveling with kids as separation policy is enacted
WASHINGTON (Circa) -- A tweet from The Department of State backfired on Tuesday morning as the Trump administration's separation policy is enacted at the U.S. and Mexico border.
The tweet read, "Happening soon! Join our colleagues from @TravelGov for a Facebook Live event at 10:00 a.m. ET to ask your questions about traveling with kids and to hear their tips to make traveling with the whole family easier."
On a Facebook event page promoting the live broadcast, the State Department stated that the Facebook Live would help provide advice for travelers seeking passports as well as those who needed help figuring out how to go out of the country with children. The event page was filled with questions but they were related to the ongoing separation of parents and children rather than traveling abroad.
Questions such as "If a child in one of the concentration camps is raped by one of the guards, would the resulting child be allowed American citizenship?" and "What items are children allowed to bring with them to the concentration camp?" were among the many inquires.
Reaction on Twitter was not any better for the department. User @JacobMendelsohn replied in a tweet with over 1,000 likes, "Question: If another country were separating children from their parents at the boarder, what would we, the United States of America, do about it?"
This isn't the first time the Department of State has held a Facebook Live regarding travel. In March, the department broadcasted a discussion on passport execution fees. Tuesday's event was held coincidentally at the same time as a debate on immigration has become a main topic of discussion in the news cycle.
The Facebook Live event was still held as scheduled.
Here's how others on social media reacted to the tweet.