Border official: Timing of immigration raids 'unfortunate'

Image from the ICE raid in Bay Springs (Photo Source: WDAM-TV)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Trump administration officials are defending last week's mass immigration raids in Mississippi, including emotional footage of a girl pleading with authorities to let her father go.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan acknowledged that video of the 11-year-old sobbing was 'emotional' but says the girl was quickly reunited with her mother.

He said Sunday on CNN: "I understand that the girl is upset. And I get that. But her father committed a crime."

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan acknowledged the timing of the raids was 'unfortunate', coming hours before President Donald Trump visited El Paso, Tex., where a man who told authorities he was targeting Mexicans killed 22 people Aug. 3. But McAleenan tells NBC the operation had been planned for more than a year.