Clearing Up the Lies and Half-Truths about the ‘Child Separation’ Policy

When the media claims they care about the kids, know that they are liars.

By Warner Todd Huston at

The nation has seen two full days, now, of the left-wing media disgorging one bald-faced lie after another while pretending to “report” on the Trump administration’s policies for minors brought illegally over the border. The lies are so thick and the “reporting” so shrill that if you had any doubt that the media is not for “news” but is solely an adjunct to the Democrat party, you can retire any such doubts.

Firstly, the policy of separating children from criminal illegal adults is not a new policy. It has been around at least since the 1990s. So, when the lying liberal media keeps saying “Trump’s policy” this and that, you know they are lying. Trump did nothing other than enforce the rule. But it is one that Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all enforced to one degree or another.

Indeed, one of the rules for holding children who came here with illegal criminals was written in 1997. It is called the Flores Consent Decree, a rule from 1997 which says that unaccompanied immigrant children can be held for 20 days. But a later Ninth Circuit ruling extended the 20-day period to children who come as part of illegal alien family groups, too. So, as you see, this is a matter of law, not any sort of “new” Trump policy.

Indeed, what we are generally dealing with is illegals bringing kids who are not their own across the border with the expectation that these kids will afford them a free pass to get into the U.S.A.

Take the case of the illegal woman recently caught trying to get into the U.S. with a handful of kids. When border patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector detained her they found that three of the children she was traveling with were not her own children.

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It is cases like this that has the U.S. Department of Homeland Security insisting that it has done nothing extra-legal or immoral with its policies.

“We will not apologize for the job we do or for the job law enforcement does, for doing the job that the American people expect us to do,” Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said before the National Sheriffs’ Association in New Orleans. “Illegal actions have and must have consequences. No more free passes, no more get-out-of-jail-free cards.”

National Review added:

Nielsen went on to decry inaccurate media portrayals of the Trump administration’s enforcement policy, which requires the detention and prosecution of all individuals caught crossing the border illegally. The policy has resulted in the separation of roughly 2,000 children from their parents, who are in detention awaiting trial.

The separations have been attacked as immoral by congressional Democrats and a handful of Republicans, who advocate a return to the previous policy of releasing individuals awaiting trial for trying to immigrate illegally with their children. But Nielsen placed blame for family separations squarely on lawmakers, citing legislative inaction on immigration reform as the central obstacle to changing the system. She also suggested that previous administrations are partly to blame for incentivizing child trafficking by providing “free passes” to adults who try to cross the border with children.

“From October 2017 to this February, we have seen a staggering 315 percent increase in illegal aliens fraudulently using children to pose as family units to gain entry into this country,” she said. “This must stop. All this does is put the children at risk. To address these issues we’ve asked Congress to change the law to allow for the expeditious return of unaccompanied children, regardless of their country of origin. We are also asking Congress to allow us to keep families together while they are detained.”

The fact is, we have only two choices where it concerns our border policy. One, we continue with the Obama-styled policy of essentially having no border at all and enticing millions of people to chance the extremely dangerous conditions in the attempt to get here, or, two, we can enforce our rules and prevent people from wanting to chance those dangerous conditions.

The truth is, the presidential culprit is Obama. It is Obama’s dangerous polices that created the perilous situation. It’s time we put an end to it all. If anyone is at fault for separating kids at the border, it’s Obama’s fault.

But what happens? We get liars in the media pretending that they care about these migrant kids and literally crying about our policies.

Take CBS’ Gayle King who falsely invoked the Statue of Liberty. As Breitbart reported:

Monday at a border patrol facility in McAllen, TX on “CBS This Morning,” co-host Gayle King said the Statue of Liberty is “weeping right now” over the separating of immigrant children from their families.

King said “We arrived yesterday afternoon. We went straight to the facility, the location where kids and their parents were reunited. All I can say after talking to the people, watching the people, listening to the people, that the Statue of Liberty I think is weeping right now. It’s unbelievable the stories we’ve heard.”

She added, “We’re standing in front of a converted warehouse. This is the first stop for many undocumented families caught at the southern border. It’s where federal officials are trying to weed out criminals. An executive officer at the center told us a 55,000-square-foot facility can hold about 1,500 people. This is a very nondescript building. It’s not marked. And it is deliberately not marked. Yesterday, more than 1,000 people were being processed here. That includes more than 500 families and 197 unaccompanied children.”

It is clear King is trying act as if the poem on the famed statue — “give us your tired, your poor, your illegals sneaking in with fake children” — is somehow both an American first principle and our immigration policy.

The fact is, Emma Lazarus’ airy poem was not even part of the Statue of Liberty until 1903, 17 years after the statue was erected. Furthermore, her socialist-inspired poem (Lazarus was an avowed socialist) never formed any part of our national immigration policy. The truth is, we have always blocked some group or another from coming here.

Then there was the left-wing outburst from Kasie Hunt, a supposed “reporter” from NBC. She jumped to her overheated Twitter account to make this proclamation:

Kaise Hunt is a liar and she is advocating for policy, here, not “reporting” on it.

The airwaves are filled with liars and shills like King and Hunt.

But, in the end, Breitbart’s Brandon Darby had the best retort to the left-wingers lying about these immigration policies. Darby has been creating first-hand reporting from the border for years, now, and no one alive today knows more about what is really going on down there than Darby.

Darby had a fantastic Twitter thread that you just have to see. Darby showed us dozens of photos taken during the Obama era of the same holding facilities the media is suddenly all concerned about.

Thanks to Twitchy:

Well, you get the picture. There are DOZENS more of Brandon’s photos from the Obama era on his Twitter feed. Dozens.

What we are seeing is the left’s lies written in photos because not a single so-called mainstream news outlet published Mr. Darby’s photos during the Obama era. Indeed, not a single “news” outlet talked about Obama’s warehousing of kids brought here by illegals. So, what is different between today and those few years ago? Well, today the media can use the story as a weapon to destroy President Donald Trump.

When the media claims they care about the kids, know that they are liars.

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