545 Lost Kids? The Media is Lying About Immigrant Family Reunification

Last week, the media went into another hysteria-driven rage about how the awful, incompetent Trump administration cannot reunite immigrant children with their parents. Drawing their numbers from a recent court filing by the American Civil Liberties Union, the media bashed the Department of Homeland Security for separating these families only to…apparently lose track of their charges. Now, the task of putting children back with their parents is an impossible one – a final, demeaning insult from a racist president and his administration.

Will it surprise you to learn that this is all partisan nonsense?

“When the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday submitted its most recent court filing on the status of children separated from their parents at the U.S. border, mainstream media focused on one number: 545, the number of kids whose parents still haven’t been located,” wrote Ryan Mills at National Review. “But there’s a couple of numbers that have received significantly less attention in most news reports about the ACLU’s legal fight: 485, the number of children whose parents have been located, and 0, how many of those parents have sought to have their children returned home.”

The former number is less important than the latter. True, it is worth mitigating the media rage by noting that the Trump administration has successfully reunited 485 children with their parents, but that doesn’t exactly sweep the 545 number away into dust. If this is really a matter of administration incompetence, the Democrats have a point.

The only problem is that it has nothing to do with administration incompetence and everything to do with the fact that these parents don’t WANT their children back. They are holding out for a new administration, a new Congress, and the courts in the hopes that the law will change and they will be allowed to join their children in the United States for a brand new life. This isn’t about some awful policy, this is about illegal aliens trying to game the system.

Chase Jennings, a Department of Homeland Security spokesman, said in a prepared statement the department has “taken every step to facilitate the reunification of these families where the parents wanted such reunification to occur.”

“The simple fact is this: after contact has been made with the parents to reunite them with their children, many parents have refused,” said DHS spokesman Chase Jennings. “Out of the 485 children whom plaintiffs’ counsel has been able to contact, they have yet to identify a single family that wants their child reunited with them in their country of origin.”

This is not a disputed point, by the way, in case you’re thinking that this is just Trump spin. The ACLU readily admits that this is the case.

“The parents overwhelmingly want to rejoin their children in the United States,” said ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt. “That’s why they fled together in the first place.”

This isn’t a fight about the Trump administration’s incompetence. This is a fight about letting these parents claim asylum and relocate to the U.S. in violation of both our laws and those governing international refuge. That the media is being dishonest about this fact is all the proof you need about their biases.

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