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The State Department Tried To Have A Family Travel Q&A And People Are Livid

"Do you provide nut-free cages for children with allergies?"

Posted on June 19, 2018, at 12:56 p.m. ET

There's currently mass outrage over a Trump administration policy that separates children from their parents at the southern border and places them in detention centers.

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Despite that, the State Department thought it was the perfect time to host a little question and answer sesh about family travel tips.

The topic is "family travel hacks."

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It's going about as well as you think it is.

@StateDept @TravelGov Hey @StateDept I have a question. I have two great kids, ages 2 and 9. If I take them to a foreign country this summer, and when we get there, officials from that country kidnap my kids and lock them in cages, what should I do? Do I like call you guys or...?

On Facebook, people are asking some very pointed questions.

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Many people referenced the government's preference that the media not call the cages where children are kept "cages."

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What range of options are there, cage-wise?

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Others alluded to Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham, who compared the child detention centers to "summer camps."

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Should kids travel with their own space blankets, or nah?

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Can sunburn cures be applied to the long-term emotional trauma of being separated from one's parents?

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Can we see some reviews?

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This person made a comment alluding to reports that young detainees were changing the diapers of other children.

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Needless to say, the State Department probably should have read the room.

@StateDept @TravelGov This is perfect timing. Are you simulcasting in spanish?

The State Department has yet to respond to any of the questions.

@JordanUhl A career diplomat at the State Department looks at the Q&A:

When asked for comment by the State Department, a spokesperson said #FamilyTravelHacks is a public awareness campaign for US citizens applying for passports.

"The targeted audience is young parents applying for their child’s first U.S. passport," said spokesperson Nicole Thompson, in an email.

"Our goal is to share practical tips for getting a U.S. passport for U.S. citizens and their families to prepare for summer vacations."

She did not respond to a question regarding the nature of the comments left on Facebook criticizing the separation of families.

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