Fact Check: Reports Misleading on Status of Immigrant Children

Headline Roundup May 31st, 2018

Misleading reports that said 1500 immigrant children had been "lost" caused backlash and a viral hashtag, #WhereAretheChildren?. However, media had conflated multiple stories about immigration: those 1500 children had arrived at the border unaccompanied and were not supposed to be in government custody.

From the Center
2014 photo of immigrant children

Since the government acknowledged last month that the Trump administration had lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children, the debate over what that means and who is to blame has roiled Twitter. Here’s a look at the partisan claims and a reality check behind the latest immigration fight:

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From the Left
Immigrant children

Thousands of Twitter users spent the weekend asking #WhereAreTheChildren?

The viral hashtag sprang up in response to a now widely shared New York Times article noting that the federal government had been unable to make contact with 1,475 unaccompanied minors awaiting deportation hearings.

First things first: Despite reports to the contrary, those children are not “missing” or “misplaced.”

Immigration experts point out that these children are not in government custody, nor are they supposed to be. Instead, this is a population of minors who arrived at the US border unaccompanied...

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From the Right
2014 photo of immigrant children

Liberals and even ostensibly objective journalists are experts at getting themselves outraged. But only if they think that an abuse is occurring under President Trump.

Over Memorial Day Weekend, former Obama White House speechwriter Jon Favreau attempted to pin the blame of the harsh and brutal conditions for children and families at immigrant detention centers on President Trump.

Favreau tweeted on Sunday, "Look at these pictures. This is happening right now, and the only debate that matters is how we force our government to get these kids back to their...

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