‘This is who we are’: The US has a history of putting families in cages, and it didn’t start with Trump
President Donald Trump’s practice of separating families that illegally cross the border has spawned widespread outrage and condemnation.
But the US wasn’t much better about it under Obama.
Obama came up with ways to quickly deport millions of migrants, many of whom allege mistreatment, drugging, and abuse while in US care.
Obama and other top Democrats strongly defended the practice of using harsh treatments at the border to deter migrants, something which Trump’s administration has picked up on.
An immigration lawyer says that deterring migrants doesn’t work like this.
The lawyer says Obama’s immigration practices were terrible, and Trump only made them worse by briefly separating families.
President Donald Trump’s practice of separating families that illegally cross the border as a deterrent to other potential border crossers has direct roots in the Obama administration, which said and did many of the same things Trump has been widely condemned for.
While Trump’s administration owns its short-lived policy of separating families at the border, former President Barack Obama earned a nickname among immigration activists as the “deporter in chief” for expelling around 3 million people from the US.
And it wasn’t pretty when Obama did it either.
Recent court filings allege that US detention centers drugged without consent and abused migrant children in the US under Obama.
Pictures virally circulating online purporting to show Trump’s deportation jails have actually pictured facilities during the Obama administration.
“In 2014 [Obama’s] solution to the Central American Refugee crisis was to cage mothers with children in deportation internment camps,” Matthew Kolken, an immigration lawyer on the board of the American Immigration Lawyers Association told Business Insider.
Fleeing Central America, where murder rates number among the world’s highest, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and refugees headed for the …read more
Source:: Business Insider