As the increasingly public takeover of Donald Trump’s immigration policy by white nationalist advisor Stephen Miller has been underway, the purge being carried out at the Department of Homeland Security has been accompanied by louder and more frequent outbursts by the President.
It’s understandable, since all of the focus on his now-former Secretary at that Agency, Kirstjen Nielsen, is doing nothing but reminding Americans of just how despicable the policy of separating children from their families at the border was, and why Trump knew he had to announce that he had no plans to implement the policy once again.
But Trump has been exceedingly defensive about that shameful time last year, and he still insists to this day that former President Barack Obama had a family separation policy long before he every instituted the “zero tolerance” policy that led to the more than 2,000 family separations that took place in 2018 in a span of just weeks.
That’s nonsense, of course: Obama’s administration processed illegal entries and asylum seekers just like every administration before them, and even during the surge of unaccompanied minors and families that began entering in 2014, Obama managed to maintain family units together and to detain children for as little time as possible.
That hasn’t stopped Trump from making the claims, though.
That’s why Fox News’ Shep Smith took a few moments on his program today to set the record straight about the difference between the policies of the two administrations, when those policies actually began and ended, and just exactly why the things that Donald Trump has been claiming are based entirely in falsehoods.
The Trump Administration did separate families. The Trump Department of Homeland Security estimates more than 2,300 children had been separated from their families by last spring. The Trump Administration did detain children in cages. An unknown number of those children are still not back with their families. President Trump said today he is not reinstating his own child separation policy.”
Watch the video here:
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