On Tuesday, Fox News host Shep Smith fact-checked President Donald Trump after he blamed former President Barack Obama for the current immigration crisis.
Smith slammed Trump by saying that he needs to explain why the president’s “rhetoric” does not match “reality.”
“Obama separated the children, just so you understand. President Obama separated the children,” Trump said. “The cages that were shown, very inappropriate, they were built by President Obama and the Obama administration –not by Trump,” the president told reporters.
“President Trump has made similar claims before. Following are the facts.” Smith said.
Adding, “It’s undeniably true that the roots of this issue stretched back many years. In 2005, President George W. Bush launched operation streamline to arrest, imprison and deport those here illegally.”
“Fox News research shows officials gave children a pass. President Obama continued the operation. However, the Obama Administration tended to keep families together. There were exceptions, but it was not the policy to separate,” he said.
“After President Trump issued the zero tolerance order, officials did separate children from their parents. Some families have not yet been reunited. President Trump spoke about cages. It is true that some of the photos circulating online showed children kept in chain-linked enclosures during the Obama Administration. For instance, this photo is from 2014. In that year, the Obama Administration saw a surge in children and families from Central America. They started jailing families together as family units,” he said.
Smith said, “The Trump Administration did separate families. The Trump Department of Homeland Security estimates more than 2,300 children had been separated from their families by last spring. The Trump Administration did detain children in cages. An unknown number of those children are still not back with their families. President Trump said today he is not reinstating his own child separation policy.”
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