President Donald Trump said migrant children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border had been “taken so well” during Thursday night’s presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden.
Asked about the practice of family separations by debate moderator Kristen Welker, Trump said, “They come down, brought in reporters and everything. [The children] are so well taken care of. They are in such a clean facility.
Although Trump instituted the policy that required border security officials to break up families, he attacked Biden for building the cages that housed young children.
“They built cages. They said I built the cages … Kristen, they did. We have changed the policy, ”Trump said. “He was eight years old when he was vice-president. He did nothing other than build cages to keep the children inside.
Biden replied, “Their parents were with them. They were separated from their parents. And that makes us a laughing stock and violates any notion of who we are as a nation.
Photographs of detention centers showed children in wire cages and some suffered from outbreaks of infectious diseases.
Immigration attorneys say they were unable to locate the parents of 545 children who were separated in 2017 as part of a pilot version of the country’s “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy. Trump administration. Trump ended the policy by executive order in 2019, and a federal judge ordered the children to be reunited with their parents that same year.
Trump continued during the debate by making bizarre mockery of immigrants showing up for their asylum court hearings, who he said made up just 1% of immigrants. Justice Department data recorded in 2019 showed that 44% of immigrants show up for their court dates.
“The capture and release is a disaster… Less than 1 percent of people come back… We say, ‘We’re going to give you a court case.’ You need Perry Mason. When you say they’re coming back, they’re not coming back, Joe. They never come back. Only the really – I hate to say that – but the ones with the lowest IQ, they could come back, ”he says.
Asked why the Obama administration has failed to implement substantive immigration reform, Biden expressed regret and claimed he would release an immigration plan within the first 100 days of his presidency.
He said, “We made a mistake. It took too long to get it right. “
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