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PolitiFact Wisconsin: Separated families at the border

Posted: 6:30 PM, Jun 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-27 23:30:27Z

President Donald Trump arrives in Milwaukee Wednesday night. His zero tolerance policy that separated families at the border is expected to generate protests while he's here.   

PolitiFact Wisconsin looks at a claim that suggests his executive order still has the government quote "jailing children with their families."

Trump signed an executive order saying families entering the country without permission will continue to be detained together instead of separating children from families.

"We're fact-checking Senator Tammy Baldwin. She made a statement about President Trump's executive order affecting the separation of families at the border," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Baldwin went on Late Night with Seth Meyers - and said the president's executive order, "doesn't address the over 2,000 children who are already separated from their parents, and it doesn't change the fact that we would be jailing children with their families."

Did it?

"The president's order stopped the separation of parents and children at the border," said Kertscher. "Senator Baldwin is correct though that does not affect the more than 2,000 children who have already been separated from their parents." 

It's still a fluid situation and federal officials say they are "awaiting further guidance."

But PolitiFact Wisconsin says Baldwin's use of the word "jailing children" goes too far.

"In terms of future cases where families arrive at the border, they will be housed together in shelters," said Kertscher, "but they won't be put in jail as the way she put it."

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Baldwin's claim Mostly True.