Maddow breaks down reading AP story on 'tender age' shelters


While broadcasting "The Rachel Maddow Show", the left-leaning anchor who splits her time between NY and Western Massachusetts cried on air while reading a new Associated Press report on the border crisis.

"The Trump administration has been sending babies and other young children to at least three tender-age shelters in South Texas", Maddow is heard to say.

The news cycle about President Trump's immigration crackdown is hitting Rachel Maddow hard: The MSNBC anchor broke down on camera at the end of Tuesday's show, getting so choked up that she couldn't continue. "Ugh, I'm sorry. If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I'm on TV", she wrote in a thread.

The story she was trying to cover was that Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South Texas.

The reporter posted on Twitter shortly after the show to apologise, and to tweet out the story she was unable to get through.

If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I'm on TV.

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow went off the rails on Tuesday night when it came time for her to read a new report of "tender age" children being detained away form their families at the U.S. border.

A fourth shelter for young immigrant children is planned to open in Houston.

The story quoted Steven Wagner, an official with the Department of Health and Human Services, referring to "specialized facilities that are devoted to providing care to children with special needs and tender age children as we define as under 13 would fall into that category", he said.

A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the US-Mexico border on June 12.

Since its "zero tolerance policy" was announced in May, more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and left in camps at the border.

The Associated Press spoke to both lawyers and medical providers who have visited the shelters. The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations.