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.
Oh man…what the hell is wrong with our country? In case you’re wondering what this is, it’s an #ICE prison bus FOR BABIES. This is #trump ‘s America, a land of belligerence and cruelty and unspeakable heartlessness. We need to take our country back from the Republican mons… pic.twitter.com/zI1FQeX9j4
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) May 29, 2018
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.
So, about that “prison bus for babies” … it actually takes charter school kids on field trips. https://t.co/lOvRtNMIFD
— Rachael Larimore (@RachaelBL) May 29, 2018
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.”
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) May 29, 2018
Slight mixup https://t.co/rDaDhZEpL0
— Jimmy (@jrichardlusk) May 29, 2018
Wow. Talk about a story that got everything wrong. https://t.co/TmuhrjTKxf
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) May 29, 2018
Weird that the majority of the media seems to have omitted this fact. https://t.co/cuV4gaotaE
— Blackburn Review©®™ (@BlackburnReview) May 29, 2018
Yeah, duh… https://t.co/x72phLhOd5
— Hetero Henry Emmerich?? (@headstonecapone) May 29, 2018
— Constitutional-TQN? (@TechQn) May 29, 2018
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) May 29, 2018
New York Times: About those illegal immigrant children being ripped from their mothers' arms and lost… https://t.co/SDCmubp19U
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 28, 2018