Trump Denies Reports That He Will Reinstate Family Separations, Blames Obama for Policy

Headline Roundup April 9th, 2019

President Trump denied reports that he planned to revive family separations at the border and renewed claims that former President Obama was responsible for the policy. Several fact-checkers have criticized that claim: Although previous administrations did have small numbers of family separations, they did not have a blanket rule requiring that all parents be prosecuted, and thus did not have to routinely remove them from their children.

Trump Denies Reports That He Will Reinstate Family Separations, Blames Obama for Policy

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President Trump’s purge of the nation’s top homeland security officials is a sign that he is preparing to unleash an even fiercer assault on immigration, including a possible return of his controversial decision last summer to separate migrant children from their parents, current and former administration officials said Monday.

Mr. Trump shook up the ranks of his top immigration officials after spending months demanding that they take tougher action to stop the surge in migrant families at the border and seething about what he considers their overly legalistic refusals to...

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President Trump said Tuesday that the administration has no plans to revive the controversial policy that allowed for family separations at the border, amid renewed speculation about whether the practice could return amid the shakeup at the Homeland Security department.

“We’re not looking to do that,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday prior to a closed-door meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed it was the Obama administration that began the practice of separating migrant children from adults at the U.S.-Mexico border, a contention nonpartisan fact-checkers call “misleading.”

“Just so you understand, President Obama separated the children. Those cages that were shown — I think they were very inappropriate — were by President Obama’s administration, not by Trump. President Obama had child separation.

“Take a look. The press knows it. You know it. We all know it. I’m the one who stopped it. President Obama had child...

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