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    s growing pressure ahead of high-stakes Nevada caucuses; reaction from Scott Bolden, former D.C Democratic Party chairman.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden was grilled Friday about the Obama administration’s record of detaining migrant children in what some lawmakers and activists have described as “cages” -- with the 2020 hopeful claiming the government did it to keep them “safe.”

    With the Democratic Party shifting to the left on matters related to immigration in recent years, he has faced increased scrutiny about the administration’s policies from those claiming they were cruel.

    In an interview Friday posted on Facebook, Univision journalist Jorge Ramos took issue with a claim that Biden made in September in a debate in Houston that the Obama administration never put migrant children in cages -- in contrast to the Trump administration.

    What Latinos should look at is comparing this president 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 McAllen, Texas, in 2014.

    “What happened was all the unaccompanied children were coming across the border,” Biden said. “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.”

    The “cages” are detention centers in which there were also chain-link enclosures. The practice was carried out by both the Obama and Trump administrations, and Biden is correct that in both instances minors were held, in part, for their own safety. An Associated Press fact check last year noted that migrants were housed in the facilities and separated by both age and sex. Those facilities were built and used by the Obama administration, and the Trump administration used the same facilities.

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