Donald Trump: Barack Obama 'Built the Cages' for Children Crossing the Border

Geraldine Edwards
April 11, 2019

Immigration agents say they have identified more than 3,100 migrants over the past year making fraudulent claims about their age or family relationships after crossing the southern border.

TRUMP: "Just so you understand, President Obama separated the children". He thinks the separations work to deter migrants from coming."He just wants to separate families", said a senior administration official.Trump repeatedly denied that was the case on Tuesday.

Separating parents from their children at the border past year devolved into a humanitarian crisis and a public-relations nightmare. "I was the one who that changed it", Trump falsely claimed. At the same time, he suggested the policy had worked to deter migrants from coming into the U.S. Officials have said this typically happened when authorities questioned whether the child belonged to the adult, or if a serious crime like drug smuggling was committed.

Immigration has been the center of the a political battle between Trump and Democrats since the beginning of this administration.

Trump backed down in June 2018 amid a fierce public backlash, and a federal judge ordered that the administration reunite the children.

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To probe this issue further, we asked: "When immigrants and their children are detained at the USA border for coming into the country illegally, do you think the USA should do everything it can to keep such families together, even if it means that fewer face criminal prosecution, or should the U.S.do everything it can to prosecute immigrants entering illegally, even if it means their families are separated?" "It's actually a good thing if we follow through", he said.

The roundtable was held in San Antonio. They say Trump has exacerbated the situation by aggressively detaining migrants caught entering the US illegally and slowing the processing of asylum seekers, which can take months or longer.

As for Nielsen's job, Trump announced that Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would serve as acting DHS secretary.

"The president has to have some stability, and particularly with the number one issue that he's made for his campaign, throughout his two and a half years of presidency", Grassley said.

The influx raises questions about whether the administration may have inadvertently encouraged migrants to travel to the US because of zero-tolerance.

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A judge this week clipped one of Trump's latest efforts to keep asylum seekers off USA soil: an experimental policy - known as Migrant Protection Protocols - requiring migrants to stay south of the US border until their hearings. "The cages that were shown, very inappropriate, they were built by President Obama's administration - not by Trump".

Ingraham tossed to a montage of pundits "rushing to Obama's defense" after Trump's remarks, despite the fact that Trump was correct that child separations did occur under the Obama administration. We need more physical bed space at detention facilities.

His policy would have returned migrant families to Mexico to await court bids for the right to stay in the US.

President Trump has said the recent surge is overwhelming the nation's immigration system.

Randy Howe, executive director of operations in Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations, told a Senate panel that redeployment of his officers to help Border Patrol has led to delays at border crossings.

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