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'It Is Child Abuse': Fox News Legal Analyst Says Trump Is Flagrantly Violating the Law with Family Separation Policy

"They're picking and choosing which rules they want to follow rigidly, and which rules they wish weren't there."

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Fox News' legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on Monday decried President Donald Trump's administration policy of separating immigrant families and placing children in detention centers, sending a strong signal that even many of the White House's conservative supporters will not defend this extremist acts.

"The administration is motivated by the president's skills at negotiation," Napolitano said on Fox News' "The Daily Briefing." "I think he's trying to use children to turn up the heat on the negotiators."

Host Dana Perino even noted that, despite Trump's false claims that he is required by law to carry out the family separation policy, the administration has elsewhere used its discretion to avoid supporting policies it dislikes, such as when it chose to stop defending Obamacare in court.

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"Of course, they have discretion not to do this," Napolitano said of separating families. "In my opinion, it is child abuse to separate children from their parents unless it's necessary to save a human life, and that's not the case here."

He continued: "There's a federal statute that says you can't separate them for more than 72 hours. They know all of this! They're picking and choosing which rules they want to follow rigidly, and which rules they wish weren't there."

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