Obama Trashes GOP on Immigrant Kids 'in Pens.' Doesn't Mention He Built the Pens


What do you call somebody who plays mind games with others, who points fingers at everybody else while they are the ones responsible?

It looks like you can call them “Barack Obama.”

The former president appeared in Detroit over the weekend and went on a seemingly unscripted rant about conservatives. Looking surprisingly bitter and disheveled, Obama hammered an issue that has been dominating headlines: The southern border.

In a video clip shared by The Hill, the 44th president attacked the Trump administration for the controversial policy of detaining minors who enter the country illegally.

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“I’d like to think there are compassionate conservatives out there who think there’s nothing compassionate about ripping immigrant children from the arms of their mothers at the border and putting them in pens,” he angrily lectured.

There were a few glaring problems with the statement. The biggest? Obama was the president who started “putting them in pens,” not Trump.

You probably remember a viral photo that was circulating online earlier in the year. Sure enough, it depicted children resting in a cage-like enclosure at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility.

And it was from 2014 — two years before Donald Trump was even elected.

Numerous liberals, like Shaun King, were taken in, but the the photo, eye-opening though it may have been, was from Obama’s presidency.

Even Obama’s secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, has admitted that the same ex-president who was scolding Trump oversaw almost identical policies.

“In fact, many of the policies — and the pictures of children in cages — date back to the Obama administration,” we reported in June. “And, during an appearance on MSNBC, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson more or less acknowledged this fact.”

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“So in 2014, to deal with the spike then, with the families, we did a number of things — including, by the way, working with the government of Mexico and obtaining their cooperation on securing their southern border. But we also expanded family detention. It was, I freely admit, controversial,” the former Obama administrator told MSNBC.

Meanwhile, a different photo of a crying kid in a cage that spread like wildfire online turned out to be completely staged by a protest group.

Are liberals trying to cover up this part of the Obama presidency?

It’s worth pointing out that the Trump administration ended the controversial policy — started by the Obama administration — even after Democrats shockingly refused to pass legislation that would have fixed the problem.

Oh, and of course Obama made no mention of the time his administration literally handed over young migrant children to a human trafficking ring. He’d rather you just forget about that.

“The United States government placed an unknown number of Central American migrant children into the custody of human traffickers after neglecting to run the most basic checks on these so-called ‘caregivers,’” New York magazine reported in January 2016, based on a Senate report.

When did that turnover happen? 2013, right in the middle of Obama’s second term.

It’s all a shell game. Like a manipulative, abusive boyfriend who got caught cheating, Barack Obama wants the American people to believe that they’re the crazy ones for not accepting his fibs … but the American people are catching on to the scheme.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.