House Dems Use Migrant Detention Photo To Bash Trump, Immediately Delete It When They Learn It Was Taken In 2014

The Democratic majority of the House Oversight Committee was forced to delete a tweet they wrote that was critical of President Trump and his administration and their use of migrant detention facilities to hold illegal immigrants.

The problem with the tweet, according to conservative pundit Caleb Hull, was the photo they used was taken in 2014, when former President Obama was authorizing the migrant detention facilities.

“The @OversightDems just deleted this tweet featuring a graphic placed over a photo of kids in cages at the border,” Hull tweeted alongside the House Oversight tweet. “The only problem is that the photo was taken in 2014 while Obama was in office.”

Check it out:

“Delete your account,” Hull added in a follow-up tweet showing proof the photo was taken in 2014.

Hull also pointed out that this was not the first time the House Oversight Committee made this error:

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Fox News reports it was Obama—not Trump—that built the facilities currently being used to house migrants who illegally cross the United States-Mexico border:

Jeh Johnson, a Homeland Security secretary under former President Barack Obama, defended the use of holding facilities on Friday, indicating that immigration law put both President Trump and his predecessor in a tough situation for housing immigrants.

Johnson said that chain link fences or “cages” weren’t ideal but were one of the ways authorities dealt with a mass immigrants that had to be transferred to Health and Human Services (HHS) within 72 hours.

“Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages — whatever you want to call them — were not invented on January 2017,” Johnson said, referring to the month of Trump’s inauguration.

Even liberal fact-checker website Snopes confirmed it is “true” that “the Obama administration, not the Trump administration, built the cages that hold many immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border.”

From the report:

Trump stated, “Obama built the cages. I didn’t build them. Obama built them.”

That portion of Trump’s commentary is true. Images of children behind chain-link fencing were widely seen at a site in McAllen, Texas, that had been converted from a warehouse to an immigrant-detention facility in 2014. Social media users who defended Trump’s immigration policies also shared a 2014 image of Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson touring a facility in Nogales, Arizona, in 2014, in which the fencing could be seen surrounding migrants there, too. That image was taken during a spike in the number of unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central American countries.

According to the Daily Caller, the 2014 photo and other photos taken in 2014 have been misused to depict Trump’s handling of the current situation.

“The Hill, a national political news outlet, erroneously tied a 2014 photo of migrant children sleeping in cages to a story about the current conditions of detention facilities at the border under the Trump administration,” the Daily Caller reports.


In fact, the photo has been used so many times to dishonestly attack the Trump administration’s immigration policies, that the Associated Press wrote a fact check about the issue in May 2018.

“2014 photo wrongly used to hit Trump policies,” AP said, noting that the photos were taken by one of its photographers at the Customs and Border Protection Agency in Nogales, Arizona.

The Daily Caller previously reported on the overlooked conditions in Obama-era detention centers last year and pointed out that children were often left sleeping in cages and on the floor with nothing but foil blankets.


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