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Border Patrol Chief Backs Child Separation Policy

By    |   Monday, 18 June 2018 08:57 AM

Manuel Padilla Jr., Border Patrol chief for the Rio Grande Valley, defended separating children from parents who cross into the U.S. illegally.

Padilla was interviewed Monday on TV’s "CBS This Morning." A video excerpt of the interview was posted on the show’s Twitter account.

"We created this situation by not doing anything," he said.

But Padilla cautioned many of the reports concerning separations are totally false.

"There’s a story of a child being removed from a breast-feeding mother," he said. "Absolutely not true."

Asked about a claim that some parents were told their children were being taken away just for a bath and never returned, Padilla said: "Very respectfully, that’s misinformation that is out there.

"Every family member gets a sheet with information to keep track of their child – to get information where their child is. We have a sheet that we give out to the parents. There’s an information sheet that explains the entire process: You violated the law. You are going to go through the judicial process. While you’re going through this process, you are going to be temporarily separated from your child and reunited at the point where you serve your sentence.”

He urged people to look at the issue objectively – without emotion or political bias.

In a weekend interview with The Washington Post, Padilla said the number of families affected in his sector could double.

He noted agents had separated 568 parents from kids since April 6. That number represents only half of the parents who could be prosecuted, the newspaper said.

"We are trying to build to 100 percent prosecution of everybody that is eligible,” he said. "We are not there yet, but that is our intent."

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