'Family detention' existed under Obama, too. But systematically separating kids is all new.

THE LOWDOWN: Here's an immigration lawyer's first-hand account of confronting former President Barack Obama on family detention centers. Trump's a monster, but failings of previous administrations paved the way for his abuses.

"Systematically separating kids and parents is a new Trump policy," said NBC News reporter Jacob Soboroff today about this first-person account. "But detaining families isn't." You're going to want to read this thread.

R. Andrew Free (@ImmCivilRights on Twitter) is "an attorney fighting alongside immigrant communities in the Deep South and across the country to defend deportations and advance civil rights."