You know something’s up when a newspaper ends a headline with a question mark, like this one from The New York Times Monday night: “Did the Trump Administration Separate Immigrant Children From Parents and Lose Them?”
Um, that’s kind of what the media and pundits have been freaking out about, so could we get a simple yes or no? In short:
Good corrective to social media hysteria over the weekend about 1,500 missing immigrant kids. There are 1,475 minors whose caregivers didn't respond to a government survey. They're not lost. And they weren't ripped from their parents at the border. https://t.co/LanSYznnro
— Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier) May 28, 2018
Did the Trump administration separate nearly 1,500 immigrant children from their parents at the border, and then lose track of them?
No. The government did realize last year that it lost track of 1,475 migrant children it had placed with sponsors in the United States, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee last month. But those children had arrived alone at the Southwest border — without their parents.
So much for them being ripped from their mothers’ arms, then. But how about the more than 1,000 that were “lost”?
Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees refugee resettlement, began making calls last year to determine what had happened to 7,635 children the government had helped place between last October and the end of the year.
From these calls, officials learned that 6,075 children remained with their sponsors. Twenty-eight had run away, five had been removed from the United States and 52 had relocated to live with a nonsponsor. The rest were unaccounted for, giving rise to the 1,475 number. It is possible that some of the adult sponsors simply chose not to respond to the agency.
So, as many had surmised, adult sponsors simply chose not to respond the HHS for whatever reason.
— Evil Red Kid (@_SOURKIDZ_) May 28, 2018
Truth getting its boots on. https://t.co/VjDU1mNxSp
— Daniel Lee (@RealDanLee) May 28, 2018
So the media lied….again. Hold on while I put on my shocked face… https://t.co/FEeQn8kaYN
— Mavrik ??? (@LMii23) May 28, 2018
— Ellison (@PatedBears) May 28, 2018
So, the only story left is that Obama had a bunch of immigrant children locked in cages in 2014.
And that means there is no story left. https://t.co/9646r7KNBH
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) May 28, 2018
— Nickarama (@Nickarama1) May 28, 2018
So the whole hysteria was a lie. Whatever. https://t.co/a3ZMYzntn5
— Ellison (@PatedBears) May 28, 2018
The damage is already done. Once again fake news spreads like wildfire across MSM and the retraction comes as an after-thought. US media is a sham. https://t.co/SszCMD0xHQ
— Max Misal (@MaxMisal) May 28, 2018
C’mon guys, give it up with the old photos from the Obama administration:
Everyone, there’s no need to worry, the private prison company running ICE detention facilities has a special prison bus for babies.
— ashley yates (@brownblaze) May 27, 2018
This is real and we need to stop it. https://t.co/7iXGhTz3Rj
— Kim Masters (@kimmasters) May 28, 2018
This seems (per link) to be a bus designed to take kids on field trips from the school in the detention site where they were housed with their mothers-ie site is a way to avoid separation. Story's from 2016. Safety seats are required for everyone's kids-no? https://t.co/Sd5u6ZL7GK
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) May 28, 2018
How would you prefer they be transported? Not in child seats? I don;t understand – why do you want to put kids at risk? https://t.co/mz6jKEHiRV
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 28, 2018
Fancy THAT! This puts the Left's selective outrage over immigrants in DAMNING perspective https://t.co/ZRj7aswKzz
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 28, 2018