The Trump Administration Can't Get Its Story Straight on Its Family Separation Policy

The Trump administration can’t seem to stick to their story about the U.S. child detention policy. Jeff Sessions said it was a new policy by the administration, stating via NBC News, “I have put in place a zero-tolerance policy for illegal entry on our southwest border. If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you. And that child may be separated from you as required by law.” Trump, however, blamed the policy on the Democrats, stating on June 15th, “I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law. That’s the Democrat’s law. We can change it tonight. We can change it right now.” And Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claimed there is no such policy in place, stating, “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.” Despite the differences in opinion on where the blame should be placed, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham stated on CNN that the president could stop the policy with a phone call, stating, “If you don’t like families being separated, you can tell DHS stop doing it.”

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