Former Obama ICE Director: Trump’s efforts to blame his immigration chaos and inhumane policies on Obama are a “flat out falsehood”

John Sandweg, who served as the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during the Obama administration, told nationally syndicated talk radio host Rick Ungar Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s recent claims about his family separation policy for immigrants and his comparisons of conditions at immigration detention facilities during his presidency versus Barack Obama’s are “a flat out falsehood.”

Last week, in an interview with Telemundo, President Trump said, “When I became president, President Obama had a separation policy. I didn’t have it. He had it. I brought the families together. I’m the one that brought ’em together.”

“That is an outrageous claim,” Sandweg responded.”There was never anything like that in the Obama administration.”

Sandweg described Trump’s initial policy as “an intentional effort to… separate children, very young children from their parents – an outrageous, ineffective, and horrific policy.”

“The conditions are much better than they were under President Obama,” Trump said of migrant detention facilities during an interview with The Hill on Monday.

When asked if this was true, Sandweg’s answer was, “No.”

“It’s really an outrageous claim by the president,” said Sandweg. “The idea that we had 300 kids overcrowded in a Border Patrol lockup facility where they didn’t have access to basic essentials like soap and toothbrushes is pretty stunning to be honest with you.”

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Sandweg says conditions were not worse under Obama:


Sandweg says Trump’s claims on family separation are outrageous:


Sandweg on Trump’s flat-out falsehood: