Trump tries to pin child separations on Obama

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Asked whether the administration was considering reinstating the policy of child separation to curb the number of migrant families crossing the border from Mexico, Trump responded that "We're not looking to do it".

During the Obama administration and before Trump's zero-tolerance policy was introduced, migrant families caught illegally entering the US were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation, unless they were known to have a criminal record. "I'm the one who stopped it. President Obama had child separation".

Previously separation was automatic.

Family separations were the exception before Trump made them the rule.

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"In this time of national crisis and emergency over national security and immigration, Ken's background as a no-nonsense law enforcement officer and a major constitutional lawyer, along with his reputation as a fighter, combined with his extensive media experience, including television, make him ideally suited to carry out the duties of the Department of Homeland Security and your immigration agenda", read a portion of the letter, which was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Earlier this week he announced that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was stepping down.

Civil rights groups sued, arguing the policy violated US and worldwide law by returning refugees to unsafe border towns where they would be unable to get legal counsel or notices of hearings. "We did not separate children from their parents", former Obama domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muñoz told NPR in May 2018.

Amid the influx, Trump last week floated the idea of closing the southern border before changing his mind. It would create centers in Central America where asylum applications could be processed and provide aid to reduce poverty and violence in the region so fewer people would flee.

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"Since the election we have create 5.5 million new jobs", said President Trump.

Historical photograph of CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan, undated official portrait.

"Stopping assistance all together would do nothing to help create a safer and more prosperous region", Meyer said.

In an Oval Office meeting with the president of Egypt, Mr. Trump also criticized federal courts for ruling against his border and asylum policies.

As the president faces blowback from his slow-motion decapitation of the Department of Homeland Security, Trump is presenting two public faces on immigration.

A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by US Border Patrol agents near the US-Mexico Border in June.

Trump also claimed that ending the zero-tolerance policy has led to an increase in illegal immigration. Eventually, Trump signed an executive order revoking it.

In a January court filing the Trump administration admitted that it may not be possible to reunite thousands of children separated at their border with their parents. About 2,400 children were taken from parents at the height of the separations. Trump administration officials indicated that the strict new approach deterred many would-be migrants from even trying to enter the country. In a tweet as he returned from Texas on Air Force One, the president again accused unnamed Democrats of betraying their country - apparently for opposing his hardline immigration policies.