“They held hands like they would never let go again.”
That would be a fantastic final line in a Harlequin romance, but actually, it appears in a straight news story on CNN’s website. We’re not suggesting the piece is biased, but … no, wait, that’s exactly what we’re suggesting.
It was an agonizing day and a half for a father and son from El Salvador who were caught after being smuggled across the Rio Grande into Texas.
— CNN (@CNN) June 19, 2018
So the father was caught with his son in tow being smuggled across the Rio Grande, and the two were separated for a day and a half.
We’re not sure CNN is making the case here that it wants to make:
[Ever Alexander Morejon] Gonzalez said he was unaware when he and Alexander left their home in El Coyol, El Salvador, on May 16 that the Trump administration had enacted a “zero tolerance” policy on people who entered the US illegally. He said they fled his homeland to escape the daily threats of violence from gangs.
“Had I known I would not have risked my son’s life,” he said. “I would have stayed in my country.”
So, he was counting on entering the U.S. illegally with his son and not getting caught?
— tucker (@tuc9) June 19, 2018
Omg! A day and a half. For committing a crime. Will the atrocities against criminals never cease? I say we just shut the whole damn country down because America just isn’t worth a day and a half of these people’s time. These people that tried to come here illegally. I mean damn!
— notvanwilder (@notvanwilder) June 20, 2018
Illegally enter? How did this ever get by the editors?
The politically correct phrasing is “he attempted to enter the United States without proper documentation.”
— Uri Blago (@UriBlago) June 20, 2018
Just innocently being smuggled over the Rio Grande.
They had nothing to do with it.
— Ours is a Movement of Love ??????????? (@NTrumpenstein) June 19, 2018
From El Salvador.. hmmm … if they are truly seeking asylum, international law says Mexico should accept them! Not be pushed through to US
— Andy Humou (@andy_humou) June 20, 2018
If they came across LEGALLY and claimed ASYLUM this NEVER would've happened. They're choosing the break the law. I don't feel that sad for them. They took a needless risk.
— Elliot Zovighian (@ElliotZovighian) June 20, 2018
So, if he was claiming asylum, he could have entered the US legally. Instead, he entered illegally and paid consequences. Which is what happens when you break the law.
— Francis Jung (@FrancislJung) June 20, 2018
The consequences don’t seem that steep. CNN reports that Gonalez was not charged with illegal entry, and after their “agonizing” 36-hour ordeal, the father and son were on a bus to Florida, the tickets paid for by Catholic Charities.
CNN supporting and promoting child smuggling/trafficking is priceless. Peak idiocy.
— Atticus (@strongonehere) June 19, 2018
Don't come here illegally.
— reading0101 (@reading0101) June 19, 2018
Their personal Holocaust apparently was over within 36 hours . They were forced to eat 3-5 well balanced meals, sleep in clean beds too! Imagine being ordered to use indoor plumbing and take a hot shower! So sad. #ImmigrationChildren https://t.co/V8KdmpFC8F
— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) June 20, 2018
Just like Nazi Germany.
Should have stayed home. https://t.co/SwaRnxsaLE
— Johnny Too Bad (@JohnMaintenanc1) June 19, 2018
MSM is pushing this hard
— Chanceler Young?? (@chanceler_young) June 20, 2018
Oh, yeah. That is definitely “holding hands like they would never let go again” as opposed to other types of hand holding. Omg. Please. Stop with the added DRAMA. Wtf.
— ari (@nuditheloca) June 20, 2018
— Copperclaw (@Copperclaw) June 20, 2018
CNN's Chris Cillizza not OK with Trump saying the media is helping smugglers and traffickers https://t.co/ihUGInUozq
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 19, 2018