Joe Biden: When Obama Put Kids in Cages it Was Because ‘We Kept Them Safe’

On Friday, former Vice President Joe Biden was pressed on President Barack Obama’s record of detaining migrant children in what many have described as “cages.” Biden’s answer? His administration did this to keep the children “safe.”

The beleaguered 2020 Democratic presidential candidate has constantly cited his experience as the primary reason he should be his party’s nominee. But when you break it down, many Obama-Biden policies weren’t so different from President Trump’s policies that Democrats now so harshly criticize.

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Univision journalist Jorge Ramos took issue with Biden’s claim in September during a presidential debate in Houston that the Obama administration never put migrant children in cages.

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“What Latinos should look at is comparing this president to the president we have is outrageous,” Biden said five months ago. “We didn’t lock people in cages. We didn’t separate families. We didn’t do all of those things.”

“You actually did,” Ramos said Friday, in an interview posted on Facebook. Ramos then showed the former vice president a picture of an 8-year-old boy in McAllen, Texas, in 2014.

“What happened was all the unaccompanied children were coming across the border,” Biden said. “We tried to get them out, we kept them safe, and get them out of the detention center… run by Homeland Security and get them into communities as quickly as we can.”

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Obama and Trump ‘Cage’ Policies Were the Same

The “cages” are detention centers that feature chain-link compartments. Their use occurred under both Presidents Obama and Trump. Biden is correct that minors were contained for their own safety. Fox News reported, “An Associated Press fact check last year noted that migrants were housed in the facilities and separated by both age and sex. Those facilities were built and used by the Obama administration, and the Trump administration used the same facilities.”

So how does this bipartisan policy used during both recent Democratic and Republican administrations square with liberals accusing Trump of uniquely “putting kids in cages.”

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The Trump administration did escalate the practice, but only mostly because there was a significant jump in families arriving at the border, which resulted in increased separations of minors from their parents and accompanying adults. After major public backlash, the Trump administration changed the policy in 2018.

Biden: ‘You know you’re not telling the truth here’

Ramos pressed Biden further during his interview. “Many people would say they were cages,” Ramos said.

“You know you’re not telling the truth here about the comparison of the two things,” Biden replied. “Look how quickly we got them out and got them back to families, look at how … we sought the relatives here, we sought to get them into safe communities. We sought to get them out of the control of Homeland Security to get them safe.”

“But they came unaccompanied, unaccompanied,” Biden insisted.

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