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Fox Anchor Presses RNC Chief on Immigration: ‘This is the Administration That Has Been Separating Families’

The White House’s immigration plan is now out — and it’s facing criticism from many on both sides of the aisle. As a result, one of the people making the media rounds to defend the proposal is facing some tough questions, and having difficulty answering them.

Appearing on Fox News Thursday, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel faced a stern interrogation from Neil Cavuto on the immigration plan. In a tenuous debate, Cavuto called out President Donald Trump’s administration for separating migrant families at the border.

“The way it’s painted is: This is the administration behind separating families,” Cavuto said. “This is the administration not doing enough to help these kids in detention center. That’s a fairly recent phenomenon that exploded and apparently is contributing to our authorities at the border getting sidetracked — baby sitting rather than policing the border.”

McDaniel tried to beat back Cavuto’s argument by trotting out a blatantly false claim.

“The separating of families started under the Obama administration,” McDaniel said. “It went through the courts, and they forced that.”

“They never DID,” Cavuto correctly said. Multiple outlets back him up — Trump implemented the zero tolerance policy that separated families at the border, before Trump rescinded his own policy by executive order.

McDaniel charged ahead regardless.

“And then the President took executive action and said, ‘We’re going to stop that,'” said McDaniel.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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