The Trump administration has released a document that it claims proves Democrats are responsible for the “Family Separation” border policy which authorizes immigration personnel to separate migrant children from their parents. Twitter is not taking kindly to the White House’s false claims.
This is Orwellian stuff. WH claiming in this email that family separations are policy of congressional Democrats. It’s a Trump policy announced by the administration and carried out by the administration. Not to mention GOP controls Congress. pic.twitter.com/5AduQAK9tj
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 15, 2018
The memo states: “congressional Democrats have repeatedly voted against common sense immigration legislation that would make our communities safer.”
This is unequivocally and demonstrably false.
Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that children of parents attempting to enter into the United States across our border with Mexico would be separated from their parents.
Trump WH is LYING. AG Jeff Sessions outlined tougher immigration laws on May 7, 2018 in San Diego. “In effort to prosecute all who enter the U.S. illegally, children will now be separated from their parents, instead of keeping them in detention together.” https://t.co/ynQgH6Gymj
— Lulu Ward (@MillieLou5) June 15, 2018
“If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law,” the attorney general said at an event in Scottsdale, Arizona. “If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.“
Here it is. The salient bit is:
"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law." https://t.co/3OwGQEXyLp
— PopRelics (@PopRelics) June 15, 2018
Twitter wasn’t having any of it.
Congressman Ted Leiu (D-CA) tweeted that Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and President Donald Trump are “lying” about the family separation policy, because “they still can’t point to a Democratic bill or law” requiring border patrol agents to rip families apart.
You know how we know @realDonaldTrump, @PressSec, and @WhiteHouse are LYING about family separation? Because even now they still can't point to a Democratic bill or law that requires ripping children away from parents.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) June 15, 2018
Conservative journalist Tim Miller also weighed in, calling the White House’s press release “f*cking sick.” Trump administration officials are “repulsive,” he said.
This is a fucking sick press release. These people are repulsive. https://t.co/bx4FaMPjpy
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) June 15, 2018
HuffPost’s Elise Foley summarized the report as “immigrants are here to murder you and anyone who disagrees wants you murdered.”
The press release is “an intentional effort to mislead people,” said Matt Fuller of HuffPost. Blaming Democrats for the policy is “fake news” and “lies,” he tweeted.
An intentional effort to mislead people from the White House.
What one might call…Fake News…or “lies”…from the White House. https://t.co/MCetiLSvfU
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) June 15, 2018
There is no law authorizing or requiring the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border.
The Trump administration created and has unilaterally enforced this policy, effectively weaponizing the border patrol in an attempt to curb illegal immigration, including those who are seeking asylum in the United States.
“We don’t want to separate families, but we don’t want families to come to the border illegally,” Sessions said. “This is just the way the world works.”