New York Times (Again) Buries the Facts to Push Its Own Agenda



It certainly sounds awful. The Trump administration is rousing children in middle of the night, loading them “onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas.”

That is the lede of a recent New York Times article, “Migrant Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City.”

Sadly, the Times’ report contains an ounce of truth buried in pounds of distortions. Let’s start, as the Times should have done, with the facts.

Yes, the administration is relocating migrants to Tomillo, Texas. But they are unaccompanied minors (not children who illegally crossed the border with their parents) being housed at a temporary shelter and have been since June.

Yes, they are being moved at night. But, as the Times notes in a piece published a day later, the reason for transporting them in the dark in order “to avoid escape attempts” since the facilities are “unsecured.” Note: That means they are not “prison camps.”

Yes, they are children. But, most attempted an illegal crossing alone, not with their parents or family members.

It is not the Trump administration’s “cruelty” that is behind the relocations, but a response to the surge of those unaccompanied minors (UAMs) that is pushing shelters beyond capacity. The number of illegal alien minors apprehended by border officers has doubled from 3,100 in October 2017 to 6,400 in May, according to Customs and Border Protection (CPB) figures.

A day later, the Times editors weighed in on their paper’s report with a stinging rebuke of the Trump administration’s policies. (No surprise there).

They claim, the overflow is a result of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) establishing “strict requirements for the relatives and friends who might care for these children” until their deportation hearings are held.

They decry tougher standards on sponsors that require fingerprinting and more stringent background checks. In other words, the Times and other advocates are objecting to the same vetting procedures that we all demand of people . The imposition of strict vetting is a result of criticisms from lawmakers and the media alike that the background checks of sponsors were not thorough enough. The desire by the administration is to protect the safety of migrant children from human traffickers or sexual abusers, not create roadblocks to finding homes for children.

Yet the Times questions the motives of administration officials.

“Proponents of the current system insist that the restrictions on sponsors were put into place for the children’s protection. But it’s hard to see how any of the new policies could possibly do more good than harm,” the editorial reads.

It is hard to see, because many in the media do not want to see. The  surges of illegal aliens (and the policies that create them) are what overwhelm the system and the people caught in it. Policies that create incentives for people to abuse our laws and place minors in the hands of human smugglers are at the root of the problem. Perpetuating these policies will only lead to more pain for all.

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Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

10 Comments

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    Edward Vanover on

    Anyone who reads the NY Times and believes what they write has about as much intelligence as the paper they print on or the ink they use to publish their tripe.

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    I have a better idea. Let’s turn all these unaccompanied teenagers over to their country’s nearest embassy in our nation for that embassy to return them to their country and family. In the meantime, close our southern border against ALL foreign illegals, asylees, etc, NO MORE get into our country. Then, get busy getting all foreign illegals OUT of our bation and back to theirs, starting with all these unaccompanied teenagers who were sent here by their parents or followed their parents here. And what kind of parents would do either to their children?? American families are crucified daily for things like leaving a child alone in a parked, locked car for a few minutes, but illegal aliens can do things like this to their children and it’s just, “Oh, the poor things. They are just looking for a better life and on and on.”

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    Jacqueline O'Connor on

    Did you watch Kavanaugh’s “performance” last Thursday where he bellowed and blamed others for his “short comings”. His demeanor makes him unsuitable to be on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh certainly did not ever receive directions about courtesy from his parents. He’s a thug.

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    Most of the media/Democratic Party propaganda complex now has zero credibility with me on anything. I will never forget what they have done to an outstanding, honorable man like Judge Kavanaugh, his daughters and his wife. I will never forget. Never.

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    Let’s talk about the good old NY Times. The paper that is widely acknowledged, even by their own editors, as being one of the key drivers of the myth that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. In a series of stories, Judith Miller used “anonymous” sources to push for military action, without mentioning that those sources were Iraqi exiles who wanted to take power once Saddam had been removed. We pay the price today for those deceptions.

    But let’s go back to the 1930s and their “Pulitzer prize winning” reporter Walter Duranty, when reports began to appear of a famine in Soviet Ukraine caused by Stalin’s collectivization policies. The official toll now is estimated at over a million. But Duranty, being the little commie stooge he was, wrote that any such reports were an “exaggeration” or “propaganda” and accused those spreading them of being “reactionaries”.

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      Indeed. There’s a new book titled Red Famine by Applebaum that tells the details of what the Ukrainians call Holodomor(the famine was centered inUkraine}

  6. avatar

    Yeah, lets just release children to adults with no background checks – literally a pedophile’ wet dream! Folks, you can’t make this stuff up – unless you’re a total moonbat!