In the midst of backlash over a new "zero tolerance" policy on immigration enforced by the Justice Department, President Donald Trump has come under fire for measures to curb illegal immigration that separate parents from their children.
That lie - expressed in a weekend tweet - blamed Democrats for a "horrible law" that separated immigrant children from their parents at the border. "They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires", Trump tweeted Tuesday.
In this June 18, 2014 file photo, two female detainees sleep in a holding cell, as the children are separated by age group and gender, as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz.
However, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who pulled down his tweet linking the pictures to Trump still took a slam at the current administration with his correction. In normal circumstances, the photo is pretty innocuous, but due to reports that the United States government lost 1,500 migrant children who entered the U.S.at the Mexican border, it comes off as tone deaf. In many cases, children are placed with family members, and that can include relatives who are in the country illegally themselves.
What's more, Democrats aren't wholly responsible for either policy.
The same agreement would make it easier to prevent unaccompanied minors from entering the "general population", in Wagner's words, if they had a known gang affiliation.
The administration noted Tuesday that it isn't allowed to send back children from non-contiguous countries under the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, and was instead required to quickly find them us sponsors until their cases could be heard.
As if to emphasize the pettiness of the attack, Westwood remarked that "it's not the first time that Ivanka Trump has been accused of insensitivity on social media".
Both Favreau and Muñoz argued that the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the border is different from the Obama administration's handling of unaccompanied children.
Marc Short, White House Director Of Legislative Affairs, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss President Trump's agenda, including a potential deal with the huge Chinese tech firm ZTE, the financial effects of the GOP tax cut, reports that migrant children are being separated from their parents and abused, and GOP divisions in the House of Representatives.
In 2016, more than 20 percent of those who crossed the border illegally faced criminal charges, according to Homeland Security data.
Immigrant advocates said the new policy would discourage parents from claiming their children.
THE FACTS: No law mandates that parents must be separated from their children at the border, and it's not a policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in Congress.
This is what Trump and this administration do not understand about immigration. Under US protocol, if parents are jailed, their children would be separated from them.
"Trump called the practice 'horrible, ' so if he thinks it's so awful he ought to end it and not make children pawns as a negotiating tool", said Lee Gelernt, an immigration attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a class-action lawsuit to force the government to stop separating families at the border.
Some Twitter users labelled the image "offensive", amid reports that hundreds of migrant children have been removed from their parents by U.S. border agents.