During an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, President Donald Trump implied it was a mistake to end the family separation policy his administration had implemented in the previous year.
The policy, which generated immense public outrage at the time of it being revealed, separated children from their parents as they crossed the U.S. southern border. Thousands of children remain separated from their families, and the process of reuniting them could take up to two years to complete, according to reporting from the New York Times earlier this month.
Still, Trump decried the end of the program, arguing it had created a disincentive for families to attempt to enter the country.
“Now you don’t get separated, and while that sounds nice and all, what happens is you have literally you have 10 times as many families coming up because they’re not going to be separated from their children,” Trump said, per reporting from The Independent. “It’s a disaster.”
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While immigration has increased since the family separation policy was ended, Trump inflated the numbers by more than 66 percent of their actual totals. Still, he repeated his false “10 times” claim later in the interview.
“The problem is you have 10 times as many people coming up with their families. It’s like Disneyland now,” the president said.
In the interview, Trump also erroneously stated that the previous presidential administration of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush had also instituted child separation policies similar to the one he implemented. It’s a claim that the current president has made in the past.
“I’m the one that stopped it,” Trump said earlier in April.
In fact, as NPR pointed out at the time, claims that the other administrations also had family separation policies in place have been frequently refuted.
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