Trump and Biden Are Right: Both Parties Are To Blame for America’s Inhumane, Broken Immigration System
One administration built the cages. Another administration filled them. Who is actually to blame?
That question occupied President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden for a good portion of the time allotted to a discussion of immigration during Thursday’s debate, the last of the 2020 campaign season. Trump blamed the Obama administration for “building cages to keep children in” and (technically correctly) argued that he had been falsely maligned for inventing inhumane immigration enforcement practices that he inherited from his predecessor. Biden, meanwhile, blamed Trump for ramping up the cruelty by separating families who crossed the border without authorization—a policy that has somewhat predictably resulted in the federal immigration bureaucracy losing track of the families of more than 500 migrant children.
Here’s the thing: They’re both right.
The Trump administration’s family separation policy is a nightmare. More than 2,800 children have been taken away from their families since the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy was implemented, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Trump officials believed the policy would deter more families from trying to cross the border unlawfully. And that new policy was implemented by the order of Trump’s first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, over the complaints and warnin
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