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Paul Ryan Falsely Claims Families Are Being Separated at the Border Because of 1997 Flores Settlement Court Ruling

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about the opioid crisis during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, June 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

During his weekly press conference, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spoke out against families being separated at the United States’ southern border. But instead of laying blame where is belongs, with the people who enacted the policy, the Wisconsin Republican chose to blame a 1997 court ruling; the Flores settlement.

In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated the Trump administration would enact a zero tolerance policy for those entering the United States through Mexico, regardless if they were adults, children or families or were seeking asylum. Since then, President Donald Trump has blamed everyone but his own administration for the repercussions of his own policy.

Including referencing a law that doesn’t exist.

Ryan, like the leader of his party, claims the more than 1,000 immigrant children separated from their families is not Trump’s fault.

“This is because of a court ruling,” Ryan stated, then repeated it three more times. “We don’t want kids to be separated from their parents.”

What’s happening at the border and the separation of parents and their children is because of a court ruling.”

Ryan brushed off any culpability on the part of the president or his administration. But if the court ruling in 1997 is the sole reason for the separation, why did President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush or President Barack Obama not ever interpret the court ruling that way?

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  • Amelia Mavis Christnot is a self-described Navy brat who lived all over the USA, but has settled in her Mother's homeland in the wilds of Northern Maine. She considers herself another proud Maineiac. Her Father Edward is Oglala Lakota enrolled at Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. He attended boarding school at Pine Ridge Reservation, where he was born. Her late Mother Claudette was of the Kanien'kehá:ka of the Haudenosaunee as well as an enrolled Metis from New Brunswick, Canada. Amelia identifies with all of her ancestors, including the bit of German that provided her last name. She is a Sacred Pipe carrier and has been active in Native rights since her (brief) time with Native Americans at Dartmouth.

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