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.
McCain said those blunders were bad because they gave political capital to their opponents, but co-host Joy Behar said the post was insensitive to immigrant families separated by controversial US policies. But an official for U.S. Customs and Border Protection testified at a Senate committee hearing last week that 638 adults were referred for prosecution between May 6 and May 19 under the new zero-tolerance effort and that they brought 658 children with them.
THE FACTS: The photos, taken by The Associated Press, were from 2014, during the Obama administration, but were presented by liberal activists as if they showed the effects of Trump's immigration policy now.
Former Barack Obama speech writer Jon Favreau's now-deleted tweet. And another report that is going viral this week says that the Department of Health and Human services "lost track of" more than 1,500 children who they had placed with USA sponsors.
Advocates note that many families attempting to enter the USA are seeking asylum from gangs and criminal activities in their home countries, and as such are not breaking the law.
He is right about the misrepresentation, though it's not clear that many prominent Democrats jumped on this particular Twitter bandwagon. HHS can not "deny placement" based on immigration status, Wagner said.
While this photo may not be from the time of Trump's presidency, the discourse surrounding immigration has been tense.
HHS would need more resources and legal clarity if it "were to remain legally obligated for the welfare of (unaccompanied alien children)" after they are sent over to a sponsor, Wagner said.More news: Roseanne says she was 'Ambien tweeting' when racist comment was made
"Deliberately separating children from parents to sow fear in parents as a deterrence is unprecedented and beyond cruel", Ur Jaddou, the director of DHS Watch at America's Voice, said in a statement, calling the separation policy "an abomination". Yet undocumented immigrants were deported at significantly higher rates during the Obama administration.
In 2016, more than 20 percent of those who crossed the border illegally faced criminal charges, according to Homeland Security data.
The White House on Tuesday wrongly blamed Democrats for forcing Trump's administration to separate children from parents. More children are expected to be separated from their parents as a result. Critics are conflating those children with others, who came to the border with their parents, only to be separated there.
"This is long-standing laws that are just being enforced right now".
Trump also is far from the only president to speak out of both sides of his mouth on immigration - although he might be the first to so blatantly lie about what his administration has chosen to do.
In March, the ACLU launched a class action lawsuit against a number of government agencies and immigration officials over what it described as the "unlawful practice" of removing children from their families when there was no indication that they would be at risk of harm by staying.
But there's no law mandating that parents must be separated from their children, and it's not a policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in Congress. Westwood explained that the photo "comes, like you mentioned, amid scrutiny of the administration's policies letting the government separate children from their parents at the border".