Controversial comedian Samantha Bee attacks ICE agents in a promotional video for her upcoming special "Christmas on ICE" that will air on the TBS series "Full Frontal" next month.
In a video promoting the special, Bee displays a Nativity scene being raided by dolls dressed as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
"You know, Christmas is a time for families, even those families that we've separated, which is why I'm spending this Christmas on ICE," says Bee, who's known for mocking conservatives and last year described a CPAC attendee as having "Nazi hair" because of the way his head was shaved due to stage 4 brain cancer.
"Our special will raise money to help bring immigrant families back together, and we'll have all the traditions you've come to expect — joy, the border wall, special guests, the birth of the Christ child," continued Bee, who in a previous interview with NPR's Terry Gross described what it was like growing up with a mother who's Wiccan and an atheist father while she identified as a Christian.
Bee also mocks first lady Melania Trump's 2017 Christmas decorations in the video promoting her upcoming special.
Earlier this year, she publicly apologized to Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and senior adviser, after she used a vulgar slur offensive to women to describe her on the TBS series in response to family separations of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally under the Trump administration.
I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.— Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) May 31, 2018
The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy last summer led to children being separated from their parents or the traffickers who crossed the U.S. border illegally with them in tow. However, families who arrived at U.S. border entry points seeking asylum were not being separated from their children, officials said.
Because of the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement children can only be detained for 20 days before they're released to "the Department of Health and Human Services which places the minors in foster or shelter situations until they locate a sponsor," the DHS said in February about ending "catch and release."
In 2016, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals ruled that the Flores Settlement Agreement not only applied to unaccompanied children, but also applied to accompanied minors. This means that after 20 days children can no longer be detained alongside their parents or the adults who accompanied them across the border, but must be released to family members already living in the U.S. or a sponsor while their parents remain in detention.
During an interview on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that under the Obama administration some children were detained alone and some with families. "We had then 34,000 beds for family detention [but] only 95 of 34,000 [were] equipped to deal with families."
"From fiscal year 2010 to fiscal 2016, there were 2,362,966 adults apprehended illegally crossing the Southern border, and 492,970 were referred for prosecution," notes Factcheck.org which adds that those numbers don't include the number of children who also entered the country, either accompanied or unaccompanied.
In June, Trump signed an executive order ending parental separations after around 2,000 children were taken from their parents who entered the country illegally and are being held in Border Patrol detention centers as their claims are being processed.
The decision came in response to a strong national outcry from both liberal and conservative voices.
Bee concludes her promotional video for "Full Frontal" by saying the U.S. "f---ed over thousands of immigrants and we still haven't fixed it. Merry Christmas!"