Fact checking the Trump administration on immigration

Ivanka Trump holds her son Theodore alongside Jared Kushner at a reception hosted by US President Donald Trump in December 2017

The administration of President Donald Trump, for whom illegal migration has been a core agenda issue, had earlier said it might take children from parents to deter illegal border crossings, and lawmakers had been asking for numbers of families being separated along the US's southern border.

In a Saturday tweet, Mr. Trump wrote that he wanted to, "Put pressure on the Democrats to end the disgusting law that separates children from there (sic) parents once they cross the Border into the U.S".

"If somebody is unwilling to claim their child from custody because they're concerned about their own immigration status, I think that de facto calls into question whether they're an adequate sponsor and whether we should be releasing the child to that person", Wagner said. "Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country.Bipartisan Bill!"

In March and April, more than 50,000 people were detained per month trying to cross the southwest border illegally, levels similar to those during the administration of Barack Obama, according to US government figures.

-"This is happening right now, and the only debate that matters is how we force our government to get these kids back to their families as fast as humanly possible". Villaraigosa, Favreau and some others deleted their tweets when the mistake was pointed out. It was subsequently reported that almost 1,500 immigrant children had been "lost" while in federal custody until the end of a year ago. Not surprisingly, many of those families include other relatives living in the US illegally who are very reluctant to talk to government officials, especially during Trump's presidency.

He is right about the misrepresentation, though it's not clear that many prominent Democrats jumped on this particular Twitter bandwagon.

Wagner told reporters that HHS went a step further than required by the Flores Settlement by making the follow-up phone calls.

Children wait to receive gifts after a show to entertain them at the sports club where Central American migrants traveling with the annual Stations of the Cross caravan have been camped out in Matias Romero, Mexico, April 4, 2018.

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It is not the first time that USA procedures for dealing with child migrants have come under criticism.

The reality is more complicated, and the blame can not be placed squarely on Democrats.

During the past year of the Obama administration, HHS was able to locate 85 percent of the minors or their sponsors, according to an inspector general's report.

However, The Washington Post notes that there is no law requiring the government to separate children from parents who enter the country illegally. He had said previously that "we have to break up families" at the border because "the Democrats gave us that law".

Around the same time, the Trump administration announced a "zero-tolerance" policy to ramp up prosecutions of individuals who cross the border illegally.

In 2016, more than 20 percent of those who crossed the border illegally faced criminal charges, according to Homeland Security data.

That's not true. There's no law mandating that parents must be separated from their children.

The same could be said for the administration's efforts to encourage greater coordination between ICE and other federal agencies and local law enforcement. A few days later, White House Chief of Staff John F Kelly suggested that splitting families would be a "tough deterrent" to migrants thinking about bringing their children along. Thankfully, she has a humanitarian side, as well, and graciously offered everyone suffering from displacement, heartbreak, and the physical loss of their child, a "great week".

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