Donald Trump Just Claimed His Child Separation Policy Is the 'Exact Same' as Under Obama, and the Fact Checking Was Swift
On Sunday night's broadcast, CBS News 60 Minutes presented an in-depth review of the Trump administration's family separation policy and the lingering effects on the detained children. The zero tolerance policy came through a Justice Department memo issued by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The memo required all federal prosecutors to treat every case of entry into or living in the United States as a criminal act and prosecute every case, instead of using prosecutorial discretion and remanding some cases to civil court. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under Kirstjen Nielsen also focused its efforts on the southern border and immigrants of South and Central American origin, which drew calls of racism against the Trump administration.