Emotional moment TV host breaks down live on air

A TV host has broken down while trying to read through a breaking news segment on ‘child migrants’ in the US.

Rachel Maddow was brought to tears and had to end her show, The Rachel Maddow Show, early while reporting about so-called tender age shelters in Texas.

The emotional footage has since gone viral after it was shared in a Tweet that has had 2.3 million views.


It comes after the Associated Press reported that babies and young children are being sent to ‘tender age’ shelters and being separated from their parents in South Texas.

The White House originally announced its zero-tolerance policy in early May, and over 2,300 children have since been taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

Rachel Maddow breaks down while trying to deliver a story about children being separated from their parents at the border. Photo: MSNBC

Rachel began to report on the issue, but it wasn’t long before her emotions took hold.

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


“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,” was the statement she was trying to read on camera.

“Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described playrooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis.”

The Associated Press spoke to both lawyers and medical providers who have visited the shelters. These professionals report rooms with crying children younger than five years old.

The thought that they are going to be putting such little kids in an institutional setting? I mean it is hard for me to even wrap my mind around it. Toddlers are being detained,” Kay Bellor, the vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, a program that provides foster care and child welfare services to migrant children, said.

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

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