It depends on how you want to stretch your definitions, after reading the article below, can you really say, "it’s simply untrue to say Obama had a policy of separating families."
HuffPost May 13, 2012 - Deported Moms With American Children Separated On Mother’s Day
About 22 percent of all undocumented immigrants deported in the first
half of 2011 were parents of U.S.-born children. As part of the Obama
administration’s record-setting deportation year, between January and
June 2011, 46,486 undocumented mothers and fathers received orders to
leave the country and were forced to decide what to do with their
U.S.-born children. While in some instances, deported parents decide
to bring their children with them, parents thinking it was in their
child’s best interest, left them with relatives, neighbors, or friends
in the United States.
Families torn apart by immigration issues is not a new problem. Hopefully the current events will raise people's awareness to the issue.
American Immigration Council April 26, 2010 - The Ones They Leave Behind: Deportation of Lawful Permanent Residents Harm U.S. Citizen Children
In the Child’s Best Interest, a new report by the International Human
Rights Law Clinic and the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of
Law, and the Immigration Law Clinic at the UC Davis School of Law
finds that: More than 100,000 children were affected by parental
deportation between 1997 and 2007.
There are many issues involved here. Even though the following article talks about “unaccompanied minors” there are stories of families being split up at the border, and without the proper documentation, many minor children are classified as “unaccompanied minors.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) JUNE 9, 2014
The Obama administration on Monday announced it is designating a third
U.S. military base for emergency housing of children immigrating
illegally into the United States without parents or relatives, as the
cost of caring for these minors escalated.
Senior administration officials, who asked not to be identified, told
reporters that an Army base at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, will initially
hold 600 “unaccompanied minors” and eventually will be able to
accommodate up to 1,200.
My concern is that the issue has been sensationalized by the media as "news," everyone gets excited about it, and screams something needs to be done about it.
That is, until the next news story comes along, and has everyone excited about the next new important event.