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Fact Check of the Day: Republicans Misplace Blame for Splitting Families at the Border

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Fact Check of the Day

The White House and prominent Republicans in Congress cited a 1997 court settlement to justify separating migrant children from parents who illegally enter the United States. But the settlement did not require the government to break up families, and the practice has spurred protests against the Trump administration, a rebuke from the United Nations and a court challenge.

June 14, 2018

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“The separation of illegal alien families is the product of the same legal loopholes that Democrats refuse to close. And these laws are the same that have been on the books for over a decade. The president is simply enforcing them.”

— Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, to reporters on Thursday.

“What’s happening at the border in the separation of parents and their children is because of a court ruling.”

— Speaker Paul D. Ryan, at a news conference on Thursday.

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