Hillary Clinton told an audience in Ireland on Friday that America is in a dark hour and it was the cries from activists and the world that pushed President Donald Trump to end the country’s practice of separating families being prosecuted at the border.
The problem with Clinton’s speech is the omission of the fact that, while a U.S. Senator, she was silent about the practice of separating children from adults being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border. She was also mum about the policy during her time as Secretary of State.
“It was because of the outcry from every corner of our country, and indeed, from around the world, that the Trump administration was finally forced to take at least a step toward ending family separation,” Clinton said. Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively ended the long standing policy of separating families being detained at the border, the very same policy Mrs. Clinton did not challenge under other administrations.
Hillary Clinton addresses the practice of separating families at the border, and says the “outcry from every corner of the country” forced the Trump administration to act on immigration policy pic.twitter.com/NAWXXmgPUn
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According to a fact check report by USA Today, the U.S. has had a policy of separating children from parents that are being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border for some time, “because children can’t be held in detention facilities for adults.”
During the eight years of the Obama presidency, over 2.3 million adults were apprehended for illegally crossing the border, of which 492,970 were referred for prosecution. The Department of Homeland Security says they do not have the statistics of how many of those prosecuted were accompanied by their children, but U.S. policy during the Obama administration dictated those that did bring minors would have been separated from their children.