Trump's Attack on 60 Minutes Child Separation Episode Met With Fact-Checks

Elias Hubbard
November 28, 2018

The episode of "60 Minutes" highlighted the saga of more than 2,600 children who were separated from their parents after illegally entering the United States this year.

Trump said he "tried to do it differently" and claimed "Obama had a separation policy" but "people don't like to talk about it".

One of the focuses of the 60 Minutes episode was explaining why Trump's policy of child separation was a drastic departure from Obama's border policy.

Obama had a separation policy; we all had the same policy. "Fake 60 Minutes!" - tweets Sunday. The family separation crisis was triggered last spring when Trump tweaked the status quo he inherited from Obama and ramped up strict enforcement of federal immigration laws that were already on the books. "You chose to prosecute everyone at the border". Trump and former President Barack Obama did not have "the exact same policy".

THE FACTS: Obama did not have a separation policy. Citing a 2017 "pilot program" that was rolled out months before then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions's April announcement of the policy's official implementation, the report concluded that "there may never be an accurate count of how many children were taken from their parents".

The president is correct, however, in saying that photos of children in holding cells were misrepresented online as showing the effects of Trump's immigration policy. The "60 Minutes" segment did not use the 2014 picture, but included images released by Customs and Border Protection in June of a facility in McAllen, Texas, that showed children being held in similar cage-like areas. Various activists expressed horror about the scene until it was pointed out that Trump had nothing to do with it.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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