Biden incorrectly claims Obama administration didn't separate families

Biden incorrectly claims Obama administration didn't separate families
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPresidents and 'presidents' Biden to blast Trump's church photo op in Philadelphia speech Rudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio MORE falsely claimed during the third Democratic primary debate Thursday evening that the Obama administration did not separate immigrant families.

“We didn’t lock people up in cages, we didn’t separate families,” Biden said, drawing a distinction between former President Obama’s immigration policies with those of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE.


The Obama administration did not separate families as a matter of policy, as the Trump administration did as part of its “zero tolerance” border policy in 2018, but separations occurred on a case-by-case basis for parents being prosecuted on more serious charges than illegally crossing the border or in cases when an adult was suspected of not being a child’s parent, according to CNN.

Children were also placed in cages in some cases under the Obama administration, and Obama-era images of children in such structures have been mislabeled as occurring under the Trump administration on several occasions.

The Hill has reached out to the Biden campaign for comment.