Trump Blames Obama For Family Separations At The Border—And Then Turns Right Around And Praises The Policy

The Trump administration continues to politically divide Americans. One wonders how anyone can support Trump when he himself unreliably ping-pongs on his own anti-immigration policy.

His erratic behavior reached another level after the Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation over the weekend.

On Tuesday, Trump chose not to reinstate his zero-tolerance anti-immigration policy and vilified former President Barack Obama in front of members of the press by repeatedly accusing him of separating migrant families.

“President Obama separated the children.”

He continued:

“Those cages that were shown, I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by President Obama’s administration, not by Trump. President Obama had child separation. Take a look. The press knows it, you know it, we all know it.”

“I’m the one that stopped it. President Obama had child separation.”

Trump then changed his tune after claiming the end of the zero-tolerance policy led to increased illegal immigration.

“Now, I’ll tell you something, once you don’t have it, that’s why you have many more people coming. They are coming like it’s a picnic, like ‘Let’s go to Disneyland.'”

While CNN confirmed the rise in migration after the policy to be valid, Trump’s comment “ignores a confluence of other factors.”

One example of such factors includes the shift in the demographics of migrants. A good majority of them are Central Americans trying to flee criminal organization and the deterioration of living conditions in their home countries.

Trump then switched his tone again and pointed the finger at the former POTUS.

“President Obama separated children. They had child separation. I was the one that changed it.”

Fact-checkers confirmed Trump’s statement was false and required context. Jessica Bolter, a researcher with the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, confirmed Trump and Obama did not share the same policy.

The difference lies in how both administrations dealt with the immigrants caught at the border.

But under Trump’s administration in April 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department would prosecute all illegal migrants under the zero-tolerance blanket policy, ripping families apart and placing parents in jail while their children were sent to detention centers.

The administration continued utilizing the facilities as migrant crossings increased; however, a watchdog report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General last fall revealed that the officers kept migrant children “beyond the legal limit and then struggled to identify and reunify families when the separation policy ended.”

It’s baffling why Trump is blaming Obama for separating families now, but there would be no rational explanation from his lips. His repetition is his own validation, similar to his incessant “no collusion” claims.