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Trump floats possibility of reinstating family separation policy

October 14, 2018 - 11:48 am

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump said Saturday that his administration could reinstate its controversial family separation policy.

“We’re looking at a lot of different things having to do with illegal immigration,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

He continued by falsely claiming that the family separation policy is a good deterrent for immigration.

“I will say this: If they feel there will be separation, they don't come,” Trump continued.

In June, the Trump administration abandoned the policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border after images of young children in cages sparked outrage.

Though, some officials continued to claim that the policy, which separated roughly 2,600 children from their families, was needed to secure the border.

Trump seemed to support that notion on Saturday and also claimed, without evidence, that immigrations were “grabbing children and they’re using children to come into our country in many cases.”

He did not confirm if his administration would commit to a return to the separation policy.

Trump simply explained that his administration was “going to do whatever we can do to get (illegal immigration) slowed down.”

A government audit released in October said the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration crackdown was plagued by a lack of preparation, resource shortfalls and communication failures.

The audit found that hundreds of children were detained for longer than the three-day limit, including one child who was held for 25 days.