Facing broad backlash for separating children, Trump digs in - and lies

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"Brzezinski honed in on the Secretary of Homeland Security though, saying she was "extremely confused" and "[failed] miserably" when she tried answering questions yesterday at the White House press briefing.

Trump administration officials have argued repeatedly in recent weeks that Democrats are responsible for the separation policy in an apparent reference to Congress' inability to pass an immigration bill that would provide funding for Trump's proposed border wall.

Nielson said the Trump administration did not create the policy that separates families and inherited the problem from previous administrations, during Monday's briefing at the White House.

Cruz said his bill would build temporary shelters where immigrant families could stay together in cases where there was no threat to the children's safety, double the number of federal immigration judges and speed handling of asylum applications.

When she said she hasn't heard the audio recording of children wailing and crying in one of the government's facilities, one reporter in the room began playing it aloud - though Nielsen didn't respond.

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Sessions acknowledged then that it would mean separating parents from children if they come into the USA illegally. How long would it take Trump to dump child separation if, say, Kim and Kanye made a direct personal appeal? If you want to know where the separation policy came from and why Nielsen is suddenly the face of it, that's why.

The president however, does not appear to be backing away from the "zero tolerance" policy, after complaining for months about the country's practice of "catch and release" for immigrants crossing the border illegally. "I will tell you that nobody likes this policy". We give them medical care.

Statistics obtained by news media suggest that thousands more migrant families may have been separated by the Trump administration even prior to this new policy.

Two: The media have, in reality, reported at length on opioids, smugglers and gangs crossing us borders - often correcting the president's exaggerations.

Nielsen said agents are not acting cruelly, but are enforcing the laws passed by Congress. He insisted again that his family separation policy was the outcome of "horrible laws" that the opposition party refused to agree to change.

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"This must not be who we are as a nation", said Representative Jerrold Nadler, one of seven members of Congress from NY and New Jersey who met with five detainees inside the facility, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border.

While Nielsen is technically correct - there's no statute explicitly calling for families to be forcibly separated - it has been the practical and direct outcome of this zero-tolerance policy. If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. Former first lady Laura Bush said that as a resident of a border state, she appreciates the need to protect the nation's boundaries.

Compounding Nielsen's false statement were reports that children separated at the border were being held in an old warehouse in south Texas, behind metal fencing that resembled cages.

How did the Obama administration handle this issue?

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