It looks like he’s since deleted his tweet and photo, but Antonio Arellano caused quite a stir this weekend after sharing a photo of what he called “a prison bus for babies” operated by ICE. Here’s a retweet by electronic musician Moby, who of course linked the Obama-era photo to President Trump.

What Arellano failed to mention was that the photo wasn’t recent but dated back to April 2016 and the Obama administration. It certainly got the attention of plenty of people claiming Trump was ripping illegal immigrant children from their mother’s arms. “America, this cannot be who we are,” tweeted Ana Navarro.

Holmes Lybrand, fact-checker for The Weekly Standard, decided to look into the prison bus for babies — which shouldn’t have been too tough, as there was a news article accompanying the photo — and found for a prison bus, it’s pretty swanky.

…two new buses [were] specifically made to take children detained at the Karnes County Residential Center on field trips “to a variety of places, such as the San Antonio Zoo, seeing a movie at the local theater, going to the park, etc.”

“Each seat has a convertible child safety seat and is equipped with a DVD system,” according to the report, “with four drop-down screens to provide entertainment to the children with onboard movies during transport missions.” The two buses mentioned in the article are not equipped with bars/screens on the window or with steel cages, but are issued with camera systems.

Lybrand adds that “each trip requires a minimum of one nurse, two teachers and one case manager.”


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