The Daily Caller on Thursday is reporting on a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Immigration Council and the American Civil Liberties Union over the conditions at illegal immigrant detainment facilities in Tucson, Arizona.
That lawsuit was announced in 2015, and the American Immigration Council published photos of the conditions at the facilities.
NEW: 2015 photos reveal migrant children held in Obama-era detention cells filled with trash, sleeping under toilets, eating food off floor.
Eyewitnesses say the migrant children were starved, freezing cold & crying.
The Obama admin is being sued for thishttps://t.co/Tp7FAy99h4 pic.twitter.com/af9QGycsq4
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 21, 2018
While the most scathing critiques in the debate are directed at the Trump administration, much about the Obama detainment practices mirrored — almost exactly — the practices for which Trump is currently being criticized.
Lost in the debate is any acknowledgment that President Obama’s administration also used detention facilities, kept immigrant adults and children in cages, separated families, prosecuted hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants and deported millions more.
Personal accounts from immigration lawyers tell a tale of Obama openly admitting that his administration was using family detention as a deterrent. In fact, the conditions in Obama’s illegal immigrant detainment facilities were so abhorrent that they inspired a lawsuit.
Cc. @maddow, can we get a tear for the kids Obama abused?
— freedom ≠ loophole (@Dr_2A) June 21, 2018
I can't believe Trump made the Obama administration do this.
— Figuratively Literal (@FigurativelyLit) June 21, 2018
Libs: EVIL TRUMP DID THIS!
Non-crazy people: Actually this was done before Trump was POTUS.
Libs: THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO PLAY THE BLAME GAME!
— David King (@kingdavidatx) June 21, 2018
Huh … Anthony De Rosa, digital production manager at “The Daily Show,” thinks showing similar abuses during the Obama era is “an interesting new talking point from the right-wing media.”
"Obama did it too, what's the problem?" – is a really interesting new talking point from the right-wing media https://t.co/gizG7nNvPo
— im not here, see note in profile 🗽 (@Anthony) June 21, 2018
“What’s the problem?” is not the question at hand; the question is why the “left-wing media” is only now covering the conditions at detention facilities to the point where Peter Fonda is calling for Barron Trump to be locked in a cage with pedophiles. Where was the left-wing media on this issue between 2008 and 2016, when this lawsuit was filed?
Speaking of left-wing media, here’s CNN’s Jake Tapper with an ACLU report on the abuse of illegal immigrant kids. The documents are dated between 2009 and 2014 — it’s important to note those dates so reporters don’t get confused.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 20, 2018
So now you cover it?
— What A. World (@wnderwhynow) June 20, 2018
“I didn’t have scandals” -Obama https://t.co/9NORADMYOo
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) June 21, 2018
Hey LOOK! Nancy Pelosi had a VERY different opinion of child detention centers in 2014 https://t.co/2LMP0kXHA5
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 21, 2018