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Michael Hiltzik: On child separations, Trump administration shows how to lie with numbers

During her appearance Monday at a White House news briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen cited a horrifying statistic to justify the Trump administration's policy of ripping children away from adults at border crossings.

"In the last five months, we have a 314 percent increase in adults and children arriving at the border, fraudulently claiming to be a family unit," Nielsen told reporters. She repeated the figure

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