The controversy surrounding the separation of children at the United States' border with Mexico is a "manufactured crisis," conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Monday.
Limbaugh said the practice, which occurs when illegal immigrants and their children seek admittance into the U.S. under asylum, has been in place for years.
"This children and families being separated at the border? It is an entirely manufactured crisis – it's entirely manufactured," Limbaugh said. "This has been going on for years. It happened during the Obama administration. Nobody said a word about it, primarily the media.
"This is all about asylum seekers, folks. It's all about people attempting to invade our country, not emigrate here."
The media and lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle say the practice is wrong and the Trump administration is using children as a bargaining chip to force stronger immigration laws. Limbaugh said the controversy, which has roots in Attorney General Jeff Sessions' May announcement of a zero-tolerance policy, is being inflated.
"Made to order, this manufactured crisis, somehow that [President] Donald Trump is heartless, that Republicans are heartless, that they want to bust up families," Limbaugh said. "Let me tell you who's been busting up families: The Democrats.
"The Democrats have been literally subsidizing single motherhood in the black community for decades. It used to be called AFDC. You could also say that Planned Parenthood is excelling at separating families, couldn't you? You want to talk about separating families, look no further than the abortion mills of Planned Parenthood."
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen spoke at Monday's White House press briefing and insisted the administration does not want to break up families at the border and instead would like Congress to change the laws.
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