Trump Defends Border Separations

Over the weekend, President Trump confirmed that the White House was considering bringing back its unpopular policy of separating families caught illegally crossing the border.

On Saturday, Trump told reporters that people are illegally entering the U.S. "like never before" and that "if they feel there will be separation, then they won't come".  Trump also claimed some who cross the border are "really bad people".

Earlier this year, Trump suspended border separations after widespread outcry.  The White House is reportedly considering a plan that would keep families together for at least 20 days before offering a parents a choice to release their children so a relative could seek custody.

Trump continues to call for a 'merit-based' immigration policy.

Would Trump really bring family separations back when the policy was so unpopular?  What would a 'merit-based' immigration policy look like?

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