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19 Jun 2018 05:24 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Seal of the United States Department of Homeland Security (Image source: Public domain)

 

While Donald Trump has not backed down with his stance on separating the families of undocumented immigrants, continuing to blame Democrats for it, notes from a meeting shortly after he was inaugurated show this is actually something that was first considered at that time in a closed-door Department of Homeland Security meeting.

 

On February 2, 2017, John Lafferty, the asylum division chief of the DHS, John Lafferty, suggested at a town hall held for Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum officers that to deter asylum-seekers, they could "hold mothers longer" and "hold children in HHR/ORR," meaning the facilities that hold children and are run by Health & Human Services.  

This contradicts everything that we have been told this week by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen who said they didn't have a policy of separating families and that they are only continuing policies from previous administrations.

 

"For those seeking asylum at ports of entry, we have continued the policy from previous administrations and will only separate if the child is in danger, there is no custodial relationship between 'family' members, or if the adult has broken a law." 

It also contradicts what we've been told by Donald Trump, who insists we need to blame the Democrats for this policy.

 

"The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility ... not on my watch," Trump said on Monday at the White House. 

"Immigration is the fault, and all the problems that we're having, because we cannot get them to sign legislation, we cannot get them even to the negotiating table, and I say it's very strongly the Democrats' fault," he added before describing it as a "sad" situation.

 

He blamed the Democrats once again in a tweet the same day. "Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country," he wrote. 

"It is the Democrats' fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder [sic] Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!"

 

A Republican strategist, Rick Wilson, suggests these statements from the president are because he doesn't like the way this whole situation is playing out now that they've finally instituted it. 

"I think what's happening here is the president is a little nervous about this," said Wilson. "He's showing signs, at least in my view, that this is a moment of bad politics and bad optics and bad visuals, and the fact that he's trying to blame Democrats for it is the reflexive Trumpian spin ... I don't think anyone's really buying that."

 

According to the notes from that February 2017 town hall meeting, Lafferty spoke of several policies that were intended to lead to less immigrants asking for asylum. In 2016 the number seeking asylum was its highest in 20 years. He said they were considering a number of policies, including separating parents from children. 

While Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions say that women and children won't be separated unless they are crossing the border illegally, NBC News learned that women are claiming they were separated from their children even when legally claiming asylum There is not prosecution being considered. They're kept in the same facility but are kept separate without being told whether they will be able to see their children again.

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