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Recidivism Watch: Trump administration again blames others for its own family-separation policy

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“It’s the law, and that’s what the law states.”
— White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, at a new briefing June 14, 2018

The Trump administration seems to be caught inside a “Twilight Zone” episode, insisting without evidence that its own policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents is somehow a long-standing law and that any blame should go to Democrats.

The president got this ball rolling himself in a series of tweets and statements over the past few months.

Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018

Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there 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! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018

“We have to break up families. The Democrats gave us that law,” Trump said during a round table on sanctuary cities in California on May 16. “It’s a horrible thing where you have to break up families. The Democrats gave us that law and they don’t want to do anything about it.”

These claims are violently divorced from reality, as we’ve explained previously. Alas, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders seems to have missed or disregarded our fact-check.

“It’s the law, and that’s what the law states,” she said in a briefing with reporters June 14. (No law says this.)

“It doesn’t have to be the law,” she continued. (It’s not.) “And the president has actually called on Democrats in Congress to fix those loopholes. The Democrats have failed to come to the table, failed to help this president close these loopholes and fix this problem.”

Trump needs 60 votes in the Senate, meaning he needs all Republicans and at least nine Democrats, to clear the way for a filibuster-proof immigration bill. But that’s assuming he gets all 51 Republicans on board, which the White House could not gather the last time it tried to close some of the “loopholes”


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