Republicans delighted in a New York Post story claiming the vice president was profiting off of migrant kids at the border. But the piece was totally false.
Customs and Border Patrol also documented nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors at the border throughout March.
Speaking with Univision, the president said that the facility, designed to house up to 700 minors, was a temporary measure.
Humanitarian protections have been suspended as the Trump administration carries out wholesale expulsion of most vulnerable migrants.
Deportations of undocumented immigrants rose 4% compared with last fiscal year, while arrests inside the U.S. dropped 10%.
Immigrant advocates say the government is using child welfare rights as a political lever to secure more funding.
The plan to lock up more undocumented kids misses what is really driving migrants, advocates say.
The former White House chief of staff was instrumental in President Trump's immigration policy.
Rep. Ted Deutch released data on the claims amid a hearing on the Trump administration's policy of family separations at the border.
Most were unaccompanied minors or families, officials say.