Media spins child immigrant centers as 'concentration camps'

Monday, June 18, 2018
Michael F. Haverluck (

Illegal immigrants caughtAmerica’s leftist pro-immigration mainstream media has been pushing its anti-Trump narrative that detention centers for illegal immigrant children are “concentration camps.”

The claim that the Trump administration is running concentration camps – for immigrant children who enter the United States alone or for those whose parents are being processed by the U.S. government – was recently made by two MSNBC analysts:

“We can’t find a solution to this problem without harming children without putting them in concentration camps?” former Obama 2012 Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter asked on Live with Stephanie Ruhle, according to TheBlaze.

Trump a Nazi and Confederate?

Another virulent anti-Trumper, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, also chimed in on the issue by backing his Democratic colleague and going as far as to imply that President Donald Trump’s immigration policy resembles what was implemented under Nazis during World War II … or by slave holders before the Civil War.

“And I would even say, Stephanie, to that point, it’s not even an interpretation of the law – it is a policy,” Steele said on the MSNBC show Friday, as reported by TheBlaze. “And a policy that has been invoked by the President of the United States and dictated to his attorney general, who goes out and quotes the Bible – by the way, a passage that was used to justify slavery in this country – to justify encamping children.”

He went on in his narrative that portrayed Trump as a cross between a modern-day Adolf Hitler and a slave master, punctuating his criticism with an alarmist warning to parents across the country.

“I call this a concentration camp for kids because that’s exactly what it’s turning out to,” Steele continued. “When you give kids 22 hours of lockup time and two hours of air time, what else can it be? And if this is where this country is going, the American people need to wake up and pay attention. Because your kids could be next.”

The new branding, which Trump would classify as more “fake news,” was soon spread via social media.

“MSNBC analysts claim that the Trump administration is currently operating concentration camps,” Ryan Saavedra tweeted Friday.

But this was not the first time anti-Trump propaganda slamming the president’s tough-on-immigration policy was pushed to America’s viewers by leftist news network.

“Earlier Friday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough also compared the child detention centers to concentration camps,” TheBlaze reported. “His comment apparently came from a public defender’s story that a client’s immigrant children were allegedly led away from their parents under the guise of getting a shower. Scarborough said that is like Nazi camp guards leading Jews to gas chambers.”

His alarmist account appears to be fueling the immigration activists’ angry protests against the Trump administration.

“I know children are being marched away to showers,” Scarborough asserted, according to Townhall. “I know they’re being marched away to showers. Are there – being told they are just like the Nazis and said that they were taking people to showers and then they never came back.”

His queue came from the claim of a public defender that was heralded by the Boston Globe.

“A public defender in McAllen, [Texas] says some migrants are told their kids are going to be taken away briefly to bathe, and then it dawns on them hours later, they aren't coming back,” the Globe’s Liz Goodwin tweeted last week.

Left reveals luxuriant conditions of so-called ‘concentrations camps’

The exact opposite was true when notoriously left-leaning anti-Trump CNN actually visited one of the immigrant children immigration detention centers (formerly a Walmart Superstore) currently housing 1,400 undocumented boys, which had many accommodations that the average American (citizen) kid has – or wishes he/she had.

“The massive shelter retains a warehouse vibe – noisy but highly organized – with scores of staffers leading skeins of boys to various activities,” CNN’s report on its tour of a child detention facility states. “In recreation rooms, some boys watched a soccer match on [a large new flat screen] TV; some took part in a tai chi class; others played pool or foosball (in one case with a cue ball). Still others sat in classrooms. Because of the crowding, the boys attend school in six-hour morning or afternoon shifts, five days a week. The bedrooms reporters were shown seemed antiseptically clean.”

The conservative media pointed out that any evidence supporting the “concentration camp” analogy was nowhere to be found.

“In reality, the illegal alien detention centers do not resemble Nazi concentration camps at all,” Townhall’s Chris Reeves reported. “In fact, when reporters from CNN toured one such facility for children located in Texas, instead of finding barbed wire fences or prisoners being worked to death, gassed, or shot in the back of the head, they discovered kids watching soccer, playing video games on big flat-screen TVs, and participating in tai chi classes.”

Nothing else resembling Nazi concentration camps was revealed in the report – no starvation, brutal guards, beatings or dead bodies to cover after the inspection.

“Though they have a variety of scheduled activities to keep them busy, the boys spend almost all their time indoors at the former [Walmart] superstore, aside from one hour a day outside for PE and another hour of free time they can spend on the basketball courts or soccer fields adjacent to the shelter building,” CNN’s Bob Ortega continued in his investigative report. “Many of the boys stared at the visitors with obvious curiosity, greeting reporters with ‘Hola’ or ‘Buenas tardes’ as they walked by.”

Illegals actually living better than U.S. citizens

Further debunking Democrats’ and the mainstream media’s claim that illegal immigrant youth are victimized, oppressed and forced to live in squalid conditions, another report shows that they are treated better by the U.S. government than disadvantaged American children.

“Child border crossers have [a] higher standard of living than 13 million impoverished American children,” Breitbart News reported Saturday. “Migrant children who cross into the United States either alone or with adults have a higher standard of living once they are put into federal care than the more than 13 million American children who are living in poverty across the country.”

Statistics reveal that nearly 41,000 unaccompanied minor border crossers were referred to the Unaccompanied Alien Child program (facilitated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement) in Fiscal Year 2017 by the U.S. federal government – coming at a huge expense to U.S. taxpayers.

“Data provided to Breitbart News reveals that each unaccompanied minor costs the federal government about $34,660 annually,” Breitbart’s John Binder divulged. “This is a higher standard of living per child than the roughly 13 million American children who continue to live below the U.S. poverty line.”

It was then shown that the taxpayer money used to support each of these illegal immigrant children far exceeds the amount that entire families of more than 10 million kids in America survive on in one year.

“In 2016, there were about 13.2 million American children under the age of 18 living in poverty – these are U.S. children, for example, whose parents or guardians (in a household of four) earn less than $24,500 a year,” Binder pointed out. “This annual income for an impoverished American family is $10,000 less than the more than $34,500 in federal funds which are spent on each unaccompanied minor border crosser.”

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