The scam is so ridiculous that it can easily be destroyed by a single tweet:
Separating minors from their illegal immigrant parents is NOT a new policy invented by the “cruel” Trump administration. It was signed and enacted by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and enforced by every President since then.
In a May 30, 2018 Newsweek article entitled, "OBAMA HELD MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN SHELTERS COMPARED TO TRUMP WHITE HOUSE," the magazine reported:
Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families spokesperson Kenneth Wolfe told Newsweek on Wednesday that it had as many as 10,852 undocumented children in its custody—a significant jump from the 8,886 that were in the agency's custody on April 29, according to the Washington Post.President Trump defended the prosecution of those who illegally enter the United States during a speech Monday before a meeting of the National Space Council: “The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be. You look at what is happening in Europe and other places, we can’t allow it to happen to the United States. Not on my watch,” Trump declared.
In fiscal year 2013, under the Barack Obama administration, the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) had as many as 25,000 unaccompanied children in its care across 80 shelters, according to a July 2014 article in Mother Jones. (See also the video below.)
Trump urged Democratic lawmakers to accept his immigration priorities in legislation which would end the practice at the border. The President also referenced the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe, which he also tweeted about Monday morning:
The president is 100% correct. The ones responsible for their children being separated from them are the adults who chose to cross the border illegally. Further the law was created by Democrats and the Trump administration is simply following the law.
What is the difference between illegal immigrants having their children taken from them and American citizens who are sent to jail being separated from their kids? None. Break the law and you'll have your children taken from you. It is strange that those complaining now said NOTHING during the Obama administration. (Remember the picture circulating on the news last week of children sleeping in cages. It was later debunked: THE PHOTO WAS FROM 2014!)
But there are some facts the President didn't mention (I guess the length of a Tweet makes it hard):
1. The United States is a compassionate country. We admit two-thirds of the world's legal immigrants each year--MORE THAN ALL OTHER NATIONS COMBINED! According to Wikipedia:
Legal immigrants to the United States now are at their highest level ever, at just over 37,000,000 legal immigrants. Illegal immigration may be as high as 1,500,000 per year with a net of at least 700,000 illegal immigrants arriving every year. Immigration led to a 57.4% increase in foreign born population from 1990 to 2000.2. Under President Obama's "Catch and Release" policy, those who showed up at legal entry points with children were admitted with only a promise to show up for an immigration hearing, which many never did. This led to an epidemic of abductions south of the border and child trafficking. Many of those showing up with children were not actually their parents. Separating children, which is what the 1996 law provides for and which is only temporary, allows authorities to verify whether the children are actually theirs.
A conveniently overlooked part of Trump's Tweet is his call for Congress to change the law. Trump has repeatedly urged Democratic lawmakers to accept his immigration priorities in legislation which would end the practice at the border. But Democrats don't want to do this as long as they have an issue they think they can use to their political advantage.
So what might a change in the law look like? Well, here is my suggestion:
1. Build a border wall and employ border security that actually discourages illegal immigration.
2. Enlarge the legal border entry stations so that they can handle the number of legal immigration applications. We did it for generations of immigrants at Ellis Island and other entry points. We can do it now.
3. Establish guidelines and categories for legal amnesty requests that are so clear that determinations can be made at the border.
This can happen and it will as soon as those on the Left start working with the President instead of weaponizing the immigration issue.
Photos used to support claim that Trump keeping children in cages--all revealed to have been taken in 2014!
Democratic Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar admited to CNN that the Obama administration attempted to cover up the child migrant situation during that administration. “It was kept very quiet under the Obama Administration. There were large numbers of people coming in. The Obama administration was trying to keep this quiet,” Cuellar told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield.