‘Kids in Cages’: It’s True That Obama Built the Cages at the Border. But Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy had No Precedent.

By November 1, 2020In the News

‘Kids in Cages’: It’s True That Obama Built the Cages at the Border. But Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy had No Precedent.

Nick Miroff, The Washington Post (October 23, 2020)

The recent presidential debate discussed issues of immigration.  The presidential debate moderator, Kristen Welker, asked President Trump about the president’s “zero tolerance” policy and he accused former president Obama of building the cages.  Presidential candidate Biden stated that was correct but that the Obama administration did not separate parents and children.  This article provides a brief history of the development of the detention center and the role that the recent United States presidents have played in the policies that impact individuals that end up in the detention centers.