Joe Biden defends Obama administration for putting migrant children in ‘cages’ saying it was done to ‘keep them safe’ – unlike Trump’s ‘outrageous’ use of the same facilities

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has defended the Obama administration’s use of holding facilities for migrant children while he was vice president, saying it was done to keep them ‘safe’.

In an interview Friday posted on Facebook, Univision journalist Jorge Ramos grilled Biden on a claim he made in September that the Obama administration never put migrant children in ‘cages’.

‘What Latinos should look at is comparing [Obama] to the president we have is outrageous,’ Biden said in September. ‘We didn’t lock people in cages. We didn’t separate families. We didn’t do all of those things.’ 

‘You actually did,’ Ramos said Friday, showing him a picture of an 8-year-old boy in at a holding facility in McAllen, Texas in 2014.

‘What happened was all the unaccompanied children were coming across the border,’ Biden told Ramos. ‘We tried to get them out, we kept them safe, and get them out of the detention center… run by Homeland Security and get them into communities as quickly as we can.’

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