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Fact checking the Trump administration on immigration

Fact checking the Trump administration on immigration

And what law is the Trump administration talking about anyway?

Let's get down to brass tacks.

That was after Trump lit up social media over the weekend by falsely claiming there was a "horrible law" that separates children from their parents after they cross the border illegally.

"I don't know her so I can't pontificate on it", McCain said. We won't let you shift the blame or use families as bargaining chips for your wall. It's a disgusting thing where you have to break up families. That's untrue. Previously, children and parents caught at the border were sent to facilities in which they were allowed to remain together. And now you're breaking up families because of the Democrats.

It's important to note that the media targeted Ivanka Trump far and wide: ABC News, the BBC, People, the Daily Mail, and CNN, among many others, latched onto the story with hypercritical pieces.

Over the weekend, he tweeted: "Put pressure on the Democrats to end the terrible law that separates children from there (sic) parents once they cross the Border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL!"

Until recently, families suspected of entering the US illegally were permitted to stay together until the case was completed, Time reports.

"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law", Sessions declared in speeches in Scottsdale, Ariz., and San Diego on May 7.

Devin O'Malley, a Justice Department spokesman, said on Tuesday that Mr. Trump's election served as a mandate "to restore legality to the southwest border". If these would-be immigrants have children with them, they are separated since minors can't be placed in immigration detention centers.

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So which laws are we talking about here? As there is no place for minors in criminal jails, children travelling with parents "will be transferred to the custody of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement".

Here's the issue: Neither case requires parents to be separated from their children.

A Customs and Border Protection official told lawmakers last week that 658 children had been separated from their parents at the border from May 6 to May 19 as the parents face charges.

However, Democrats are the minority party in both chambers of Congress.

The 1997 settlement is just that: A settlement reached in court with no interference by lawmakers, Democrat or otherwise. It was created to accommodate an influx of children fleeing to the United States from Central America.

Democrats have rejected Mr. Trump's attempts to blame them for the policy. Yet children inevitably are punished by the traumatizing experience of suddenly being ripped out of their parents' hands and transported far from wherever their parents are being held.

Of course, the argument can be made that congressional Democrats are needed to make the necessary reforms that could close the loopholes and curb illegal immigration, but Trump's comments that the Democrats "gave us that law" don't seem to add up.