The latest in leftest lies and fake news comes from a moving picture of migrant children detained by the U.S. and held sleeping in what appear to be cells or cages, family nowhere in sight.
The photograph went viral on social media over Memorial Day weekend, with many on the left decrying the alleged inhumanity of the Trump Administration’s immigration policies that resulted in such a scenario.
The only problem?
The photo is from 2014. As in, the second term of the Obama presidency.
“Trump opponents who shared the photo included activists, journalists and former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who said: ‘This is happening right now, and the only debate that matters is how we force our government to get these kids back to their families as fast as humanly possible,'” Fox News quoted from Favreau’s now-deleted tweet.
The left’s confirmation bias is so strong that, once again, fact-checking comes after the opportunity to run with a wild smear against the Trump Administration.
The President used the occasion to repeat his demands for improved immigration legislation and border security:
Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages. They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires. Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country…Bipartisan Bill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2018
On Tuesday the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, put forward a strong statement regarding the controversy, highlighting the lengths to which ORR is actually going to to ensure illegal aliens and their families are not needlessly separated:
“The assertion that unaccompanied alien children (UAC) are ‘lost’ is completely false. This is a classic example of the adage ‘No good deed goes unpunished.’ The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, began voluntarily making calls in 2016 as a 30-day follow-up on the release of UAC to make sure that UAC and their sponsors did not require additional services. This additional step, which is not required and was not done previously, is now being used to confuse and spread misinformation.”