While giving a speech in support of Michigan Democrats in Detroit, former President Barack Obama said he likes to think there are compassionate conservatives who think it’s wrong to separate immigrant children from their parents and put them in cages.
“I’d like to think there are compassionate conservatives out there who think there’s nothing compassionate about ripping immigrant children from the arms of their mothers at the border and putting them in pens,” he said.
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Barack Obama: "I'd like to think there are compassionate conservatives out there who think there's nothing compassionate about ripping immigrant children from the arms of their mothers at the border and putting them in pens." https://t.co/TasnDghn94 pic.twitter.com/X28e9Gt8M7
— The Hill (@thehill) October 28, 2018
It was not long before people on social media began to point out that the Obama administration had put unaccompanied immigrant minors in pens at detention facilities:
Dude. The alleged “pens” are facilities and chain link partitions created under the Obama Administration. Seriously. https://t.co/BvbbU30qHa
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) October 28, 2018
From the man who brought caging immigrant children back in style. https://t.co/3MCPUlt8Ah
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) October 28, 2018
Hey firefighters, there’s a house burning down. pic.twitter.com/fN86vCocpI
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 29, 2018
When the Trump administration implemented the separation policy, photos that allegedly showed children in cages started to circulate around social media.
A majority of the photos, however, were taken in 2014.
“The Obama-era photos were originally shot for the Associated Press by photographer Ross D. Franklin, during a Jun. 18, 2014 visit to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) placement center in Nogales, Arizona,” Quartz explained. “The shelters in those photos have since been closed.”
After a national outcry, Trump signed an executive order to halt the separation of families caught illegally crossing the border.
“It’s about keeping families together while ensuring we have a powerful border,” Trump said, according to NBC News. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”