Falsely Linking DACA, Unaccompanied Minor Surge

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In announcing the end of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asserted that the 2012 action “contributed” to the massive influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America that peaked in 2014. President Trump said DACA “helped spur a humanitarian crisis” involving the Central American children. He tried to tie that crisis to violence by MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, a Central American gang that has been operating in the U.S. since . . .

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