Authored by: Matt Palumbo
No one knows how effective arguing based on immigration is more than the modern Left, and that’s shown in a string of particularly embarrassing (once debunked) but effective talking points that have been dominating social media for the past week.
First on the list is the claim that the government had simply lost 1,475 children in their custody. While a conservative could perhaps cite this is just the billionth example of government incompetence, the liberal angle on the statistic is that it’s a consequence of Trump’s strict policies on immigration, that he’s “breaking up families.” This particular claim originated from USA Today, which was citing congressional testimony by Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Assistant Secretary Steven Wagner.
When unaccompanied minors are discovered at the border, there’s an HHS program that unites them either parents, close relatives, or another sponsor. It’s the following part of Wagner’s testimony that’s the basis for the “1,475 missing” claim:
From October to December 2017, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) attempted to reach 7,635 unaccompanied children (UAC) and their sponsors. Of this number, ORR reached and received agreement to participate in the safety and well-being call from approximately 86 percent of sponsors. From these calls, ORR learned that 6,075 UAC remained with their sponsors. Twenty-eight UAC had run away, five had been removed from the United States, and 52 had relocated to live with a non-sponsor. ORR was unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475 UAC.
The government did not lose those children. The children were placed with families – and then those they were placed with didn’t respond to inquiries from the ORR. Even PBS republished the same misunderstanding of Wagner’s testimony.
That hasn’t been the only migration-related blunder that liberals have made in recent weeks. An article showing images of children detained in an immigration facility spread like wildfire through social media, thanks entirely to a handful of pundits, including Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, CNN’s Hadas Gold, race-baiter extraordinaire Shaun King, New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein, Sharia-law enthusiast Linda Sarsour, New York Times columnist Lauren Wolfe, and literally hundreds of thousands of others.
The thing is, had they even bothered to click through the article, they would’ve seen it was from June…. of 2014. Who do they think was President in 2014?
Yet despite the photos originating from the Obama days, the aforementioned pundits spoke about that image like they’d been ordered straight from The Donald himself.
Let’s be honest: the probability that every single one of those alleged-journalists misread the date on this story is 0 percent. It’s much more likely they hoped an old adage would hold true; that a lie gets half-way around the world before the truth can even get dressed.
Apparently not content with one lie, another is spreading from the alleged-journalists; that ICE had a deportation bus designed specifically for babies. It originated with Antonio Arellano, an ABC-Housan reporter. It was re-posted by Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas, former Hillary Clinton adviser Philippe Reines, Ana Navarro (inevitably), and NBC/MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt.
And again, had a single person actually clicked through the link, they would’ve found the article was published in April 2016 while Obama was President.
And what was the bus actually used for? Educational field trips.
You know, for all the time the Left spends calling Trump a “Nazi,” it certainly is interesting that thy have to point towards alleged misdeeds under the Obama administration to prove it.