Clinton signed an aggressive crackdown on illegal immigration in 1996.But it had no provisions mandating the separation of families, experts told us.
And liberals cheered," Education for Liberals tweeted.Clinton signed a significant immigration crackdown into law, but it mostly related to immigrants who were already living in the United States with criminal convictions, indirectly impacting some immigrant children.The Flores agreement of 1997 mandated that unaccompanied children be placed in the least restrictive setting while awaiting an immigration hearing, but that allows for a few options so that children are not required to be separated from their parents. Children can’t go to detention centers, so they are being handed over to the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services.(More on this later.) To sum it up: The 1996 law didn’t require, nor did the Clinton administration adopt, a zero tolerance policy requiring that all noncitizens crossing the border in violation of immigration law be prosecuted for federal crimes. The tweet may also have been referring to a 1997 agreement conservatives have used to justify family separations."(Barack) Obama enforced this same law throughout his entire presidency. President Trump is now left to ‘deal with it.’ And liberals are angry." Bill Clinton passed a law in 1996 that separated children from adults illegally entering America. Obama enforced this same law throughout his entire presidency. President Trump is now left to “deal with it.”And liberals are angry.— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) June 18, 2018 We’ve previously compared the practices of Trump and Obama when it came to separating families.