Homeland Security and President Trump blasted ’60 Minutes’ after they aired a segment on illegal alien family separation that was full of inaccuracies and propaganda (see below).
President Trump took to Twitter to call the piece “phony” and DHS Assistant Press Secretary Katie Waldman released a blistering statement on Monday denouncing ’60 Minutes’:
“’60 Minutes’ irresponsibly aired flawed reporting, which displayed a disregard for the truth and a fundamental misunderstanding of our nation’s immigration system and the Administration’s zero-tolerance policy for prosecuting illegal border crossers. DHS chose not to participate in the taping of this hit piece as it was clear from the start this was an agenda-driven work of revisionist fiction.”
“The piece inaccurately conflated the responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services—the former apprehends illegal aliens (including minors) for illegal acts and the latter is responsible for care and custody of unaccompanied alien minors. Additionally, ‘60 Minutes’ was complicit in allowing one interviewee to peddle absurd fabrications about the actions of the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol as they carried out the Administration’s zero-tolerance policy.”
OUR PREVIOUS REPORT ON THE ’60 MINUTES’ PIECE:
60 Minutes ran a hit piece on President Trump and his border policies. Their segment featured families who entered the US illegally and were subsequently separated. They ignored the massive crowd of thousands of illegal aliens who’ve been threatening to rush our borders and cross into the United States illegally. 60 Minutes glossed over the part about the coyotes who bring children over with them that are in no way related to them.
Almost every video taken by people who have witnessed the caravan of illegal aliens headed for the southern border of the United States and Mexico show a mostly male caravan. 60 Minutes took a page from the propaganda playbook of the media last May when instead of reporting the truth, they attempted to make President Trump look like an evil monster for denying these young children and their families a better life.
Here is a tweet with a video from the 60 Minutes segment that was used to promote their show last night:
“Are they going to take me away again?” 60 Minutes cameras capture what it’s really like for families who were separated at the border. Reunited after almost four months apart, 7-year-old Litzy is still worried about being taken from her mom. https://cbsn.ws/2KvItfR
"Are they going to take me away again?" 60 Minutes cameras capture what it's really like for families who were separated at the border. Reunited after almost four months apart, 7-year-old Litzy is still worried about being taken from her mom. https://t.co/reuweAFva8 pic.twitter.com/yIR65pFjhA
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) November 26, 2018
Meanwhile, here’s what’s really happening at our southern border. The video below shows part of the massive illegal mob rushing our borders only moments ago:
Some 2,000 migrants participated, while 39 #migrants were arrested for causing fights and disturbing public peace, according to a Mexican police spokesperson. No injuries were reported. Several US @CBP agents were hit by projectiles.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) November 26, 2018
President Trump, who has been forced to fight a dishonest press that’s made it their mission to destroy him and his policies, lit into 60 Minutes for doing a phony story about child separation at the border.
@60Minutes did a phony story about child separation when they know we had the exact same policy as the Obama Administration. In fact a picture of children in jails was used by other Fake Media to show how bad (cruel) we are, but it was in 2014 during O years. Obama separated….
.@60Minutes did a phony story about child separation when they know we had the exact same policy as the Obama Administration. In fact a picture of children in jails was used by other Fake Media to show how bad (cruel) we are, but it was in 2014 during O years. Obama separated….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
He followed up with another tweet:
….children from parents, as did Bush etc., because that is the policy and law. I tried to keep them together but the problem is, when you do that, vast numbers of additional people storm the Border. So with Obama separation is fine, but with Trump, it’s not. Fake 60 Minutes!
….children from parents, as did Bush etc., because that is the policy and law. I tried to keep them together but the problem is, when you do that, vast numbers of additional people storm the Border. So with Obama seperation is fine, but with Trump it’s not. Fake 60 Minutes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
President Trump is correct about 60 Minutes peddling fake news as a way to turn Americans against him and his fight to defend our nation against an illegal invasion. After Democrats organized protests across America, and Hollywood took to social media to condemn President for a photo that emerged of illegal alien kids in cages, conservative media outlets revealed that the photo that caused so much outrage for our President was actually a photo that was taken of children in an immigration shelter in 2014, while Barack Obama was President.
Here’s a telling clip showing President Obama expressing his tough views on immigration.
Even the New York Times, who on almost every occasion, goes out of their way to report or create negative news that can harm our current President, wrote about the lies that were being peddled by the Left and their allies in the dishonest media about children who were separated from their parents [many times, the children who were separated were not really the children of the adults who brought them across] at the border.
The New York Times wrote:
Over the weekend, you may have seen a horrifying story: Almost 1,500 migrant children were missing, and feared to be in the hands of human traffickers. The Trump administration lost track of the children, the story went, after separating them from their parents at the border.
The news spread across liberal social media — with the hashtag #Wherearethechildren trending on Twitter — as people demanded immediate action.
But it wasn’t true, or at least not the way that many thought. The narrative had combined parts of two real events and wound up with a horror story that was at least partly a myth.
The fact that so many Americans readily believed this myth offers a lesson in how partisan polarization colors people’s views on a gut emotional level without many even realizing it.
As other articles have explained, the missing children and the Trump administration’s separation of families who are apprehended at the border are two different matters.
The Trump administration does, in fact, have a new policy of prosecuting all undocumented border crossers, which involves separating parents from their children. But the 1,475 children whom the Department of Health and Human Services recently reported it cannot locate are not among those taken from their parents. These “missing” children had actually come to the United States without their parents, been picked up by the Border Patrol and then released to the custody of a parent or guardian.
Many probably are not really missing. The figure represents the number of children whose households didn’t answer the phone when the Department of Health and Human Services called to check on them. The unanswered phone calls may warrant further welfare checks, but are not themselves a sign that something nefarious has happened.
The Obama administration also detained immigrant families and children, as did other recent administrations.
This past weekend, some social media users circulated a photo they said showed children detained as a result of President Trump’s policies, but the image was actually from 2014.
Some waved off this seeming contradiction, saying Mr. Trump’s other harsh immigration policies put his administration’s actions in a different context. And it is true that even when using similar tactics, President Trump and President Obama have expressed very different attitudes toward immigration and espoused different goals.
Those arguments underscore the degree to which this controversy is animated as much by attitudes toward the president and the way he has made immigration a focus of partisan conflict as by specific policy preferences.
Here is a clip from the 60 Minute piece created to paint a much different picture than that of the thousands of mostly men who are currently attempting to rush our borders, as they throw rocks at our US Border Patrol agents.