President Donald Trump called in to Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” on April 28 to whine and complain about how he is no longer able to separate immigrant parents from their children (a policy he used to blame on former President Obama) because of U.S. law and court rulings:
We go out and we stop the separation. The problem is we have to register them, we have to bring them to court. Another country just says sorry, you can’t come into our country and they walk them out.
In our country you have to bring them to court, you have to have Perry Mason involved, I mean, you know, it’s all legal.
You have lawyers standing at the border, our people, lawyers, wise guys standing at the border, signing people up.
Every time they catch a cold they try and blame Border Patrol. It’s a disgrace what’s going on, and it could be solved in 15 minutes if the Democrats would give us the votes, it would be over.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the Trump administration to June 2018 find and reunite the over 2,000 migrant families that had been separated, imposing a 30-day deadline, but that deadline has repeated been violated.
The Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General said in January 2019 that the “total number of children separated from a parent or guardian by immigration authorities is unknown.”