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'60 Minutes' Scoop on Child Separations at Border Relied on Homeland Security Whistleblowers

November 27, 2018 / Charles S. Clark

The Sunday night television story was hard-hitting enough to draw a rebuttal from President Trump on Monday. After CBS News' “60 Minutes” broadcast interviews with Homeland Security Department specialists criticizing the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border enforcement policy that has separated arriving children from their parents and finding that the practice dated back further than the administration had disclosed and affected more children, Trump told reporters on the White House lawn, “Obama had a separation policy. We all had the same policy.