TIMELINE: Here’s how our immigration system became the mess it is today

On today’s show, Glenn Beck took to the chalkboard to give us the whole timeline (not just the part involving President Donald Trump) of immigration laws and policies that have lead to our country’s current border crisis.

“This has been a problem that has been going on for decades, spanning four presidential administrations,” said Glenn. “But don’t take my word for it. Let me show you President Obama, four years ago at the height of this crisis in his administration.”

Sure enough, the video shows Obama saying:

If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.

The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century.

“Here’s the side that nobody wants you to see and no one is explaining: the actual timeline,” Glenn said. “Because it wasn’t ‘Democratic Summer Camp’ until this guy [Trump] came in and then it was a concentration camp.”

1997 – Flores vs. Reno (Attorney General Janet Reno)

The Supreme Court mandated that it was unlawful to hold an illegal immigrant child in a Federal detainment facility. The U.S. Federal court settled a nine year long suit against the government. The settlement ruled that unaccompanied minors that entered the U.S. illegally must be released from INS custody “without unnecessary delay.”

2008 – The Wilberforce Act

President Bush signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, which required officials to verify if adults claiming to be parents are in fact the child’s parents. The Wilberforce law was to protect children from sex traffickers and required immigration officials to determine the credibility of an adult’s claim of being a child’s parent.

2016 – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals doubled down on Flores vs. Reno by adding accompanied children to the release agreement, meaning that all minors that cross the border illegally must now be released. The decision did not state parents must be released.

The panel affirmed in part and reversed in part the district court’s order granting the motion of a plaintiff class to enforce a 1997 Settlement with the government which set a nationwide policy for the detention, release, and treatment of minors detained in Immigration and Naturalization Service custody, and remanded for further proceedings.
The panel held that the Settlement unambiguously applies both to minors who are accompanied and unaccompanied by their parents.

Jan. 2017 – President Donald Trump signed executive orders changing many of President Barack Obama’s immigration policies.

April 2018 – Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance policy” for illegal entry.

May 2018 – Photos showing immigrant children in cages were widely circulated, though the photos turned out to be from 2014.

June 8: Reuters reported “Nearly 1,800 families separated at U.S.-Mexico border in 17 months through February”

June 15-17: The Father’s Day weekend of fury ensued.

June 20 – President Trump signed an executive order to stop separating immigrant families.

Watch the video above to get the detailed timeline.

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