Fact checking the Trump administration on immigration

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Trump, who serves as an adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, has not spoken out about the policy.

"If the abuses were this bad under Obama when the Border Patrol described itself as constrained, imagine how it must be now under Trump, who vowed to unleash the agents to do their jobs", says the ACLU posting.

What prompted the current outcry?

- Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, former Los Angeles mayor now running for governor, referring in a tweet Sunday to photos showing young-looking immigrants in steel cages.

They tweeted their disgust at President Donald Trump - until they realized the photo was from 2014, when Barack Obama was chief executive. "Today, in 2018, the government is CREATING unaccompanied minors by tearing them away from family at the border".

"We're going to more thoroughly vet sponsors", said Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, in a telephone briefing with reporters.

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It is not the first time that U.S. procedures for dealing with child migrants have come under criticism. In 2015 it emerged that a group of minors from Guatemala had been contracted into forced labour after being placed with sponsors by the government.

Liberal lawmakers pounced on the White House during the holiday weekend over multiple reports that the administration had "lost track" of over 1,000 Central American migrant children; yet failed to disclose it was most likely a result of their sponsors failing to respond to a government survey. HHS also is exploring the possibility of housing children on military bases but views the measure as a "last option", according to the HHS official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the agency's preparations.

-"1500 innocent children ripped from their mothers' arms at our border".

Glenn noted that these stories are being spun to "seem like Trump is ripping children from their parents and tossing the kids out into the street where they are lost".

Some are now calling for a march in cities across the U.S. on 14 June. "Tracking them down could end up endangering more children and families".

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He has incorrectly blamed the Democrats for the practice, saying: "We have to break up families. We are failing", Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, said after seeing this report. They're anxious any legislation that smacks of "amnesty" for immigrants in the USA illegally would dampen conservative enthusiasm ahead of the midterms.

Over the past several days, a heated public debate has raged over the administration's policy towards migrant children. The policy comes from Trump's own administration, which has chose to enforce criminal charges against people crossing the border illegally with few or no previous offenses. Under previous protocol, parents and their children have been either detained or released together, pending asylum or immigration hearings.

Discussing the zero-tolerance policy recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said: "If we do our duty and prosecute those cases, then children inevitably for a period of time might be in different conditions".

"If you cross the border unlawfully ... we will prosecute you", he said. This kind of nonsense and talking around the subject is par for the course for people like Santorum, but when it comes to forcibly separating over a thousand children from their parents, and physically losing them-this kind of rhetoric should simply not be tolerated.

Until now, those crossing the border illegally for the first time have been charged with a misdemeanour, punishable by a fine and/or a prison sentence of up to six months, before facing deportation.

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