In her DNC keynote address, former First Lady Michelle Obama accused the Trump administration of separating children from their parents and caging them, without noting that it was her husband, President Barack Obama, who installed the cages in the first place.
Obama asserted that "right now, kids in this country are" watching on "in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages," the Daily Wire reported.
The Associated Press reported that "a frequent and distorted point [was] made widely by Democrats," adding that what Michelle Obama "did not say is that the very same 'cages' were built and used in her husband's administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily."
"Trump used facilities that were built during the Obama-Biden administration to house children at the border. They are chain-link enclosures inside border facilities where migrants were temporarily housed, separated by sex and age."
"At the height of the controversy over Trump's zero-tolerance policy at the border, photos that circulated online of children in the enclosures generated great anger. But those photos — by The Associated Press — were taken in 2014 and depicted some of the thousands of unaccompanied children held by President Barack Obama,” the report continued.
"When that fact came to light, some Democrats and activists who had tweeted the photos deleted their tweets. But prominent Democrats have continued to cite cages for children as a distinctive cruelty of Trump."
Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security Secretary who served during the Obama administration, addressed a photo that allegedly featured him "walking past what appears to be children in cages."
"Very clearly, chain link, barriers, partitions, fences, cages, whatever you want to call them, were not invented on Jan. 20, 2017, okay," Johnson said, according to PolitiFact.
Johnson noted that the photo in question was taken at the southern border, where a significant number of illegal immigrants were held, adding that children had to be sent to Health and Human Services within three days, the Daily Wire reported.
"But during that 72-hour period, when you have something that is a multiple, like four times, of what you’re accustomed to in the existing infrastructure, you've got to find places quickly to put kids," Johnson said.
"You can't just dump 7-year-old kids on the streets of McAllen or El Paso. And so these facilities were erected, that one I think was a large warehouse, and they put those chain-link partitions up so you could segregate young women from young men from, you know, kids from adults, until they are either released or transferred to HHS. Is it ideal? Of course not."
Johnson said during an interview with CBS News that "the partitions you see, some call them cages, are meant to separate the women from the men, the girls from the boys. But these were temporary."
Even the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has made overtly false statements about the issue of the cages at the border, saying that Obama "didn't lock people up in cages."
"What Latinos should look at is, comparing this president to the president we have is outrageous, number one," Biden said.
"We didn’t lock people up in cages. We didn’t separate families. We didn’t do all of those things, number one."
Thomas Homan, Obama's executive associate director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, stated that the "chain link dividers that keeps children separate from unrelated adults" was all about "protecting children."
Homan added that Democrats need to "accept the fact that they were built and funded by FY 2015."