More on US immigrant detentions

The furore over immigrant detentions in the US continues, but it isn’t just over the caging of kids. Protests continue, Time magazine has been slammed for a cover image depicting a small child versus Donald Trump, and claims and counter claims of what was already being done and what has changed under Trump are all over the place.

CNN: Time cover backlash: Magazine stands by illustration of crying girl next to Trump

The cover features an image of a crying toddler taken by Getty photographer John Moore superimposed next to President Trump, who is towering over the child. The text next to the illustration reads, “Welcome to America.”

But as details about the little girl emerged this week, critics claim the cover is misleading because she is not one of the thousands of children who have been separated from their parents at the border.

I’m not sure why a magazine cover image is such an issue but that’s what it has become.

Soon reports began to emerge, citing the girl’s father, who is still in Honduras, and Customs and Border Protection, who said she was not separated from her mother.

“The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason: Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment,” Time’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said in a statement to CNN .

Moore, the photographer, told CNN he never claimed that the little girl was taken away from her mother. His original caption said that they were “detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation.”

Despite those details, critics said use of the photo plays into the “fake news” hysteria promoted by the President and his supporters, who claim the media is purposely misleading the public in an effort to hurt the administration.

“It appears that the iconic image of the separations policy didn’t involve a separation—all too typical of how a hysterical, advocacy-driven media covers immigration,” Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative magazine National Review, wrote on Twitter.

OI don’t think this is a completely factual photo either:

Image result for national review cover

I guess trump could be both good and bad in different ways.

An unusual report from Fox: Woman detained for 2 weeks after accidentally jogging into US

A French citizen visiting Canada said she was detained for two weeks after she accidentally jogged across the U.S.-Canada border in May.

Cedella Roman, 19, said she did not realize she crossed the border during her jog along a beach in White Rock, British Columbia on May 21. The young woman said she stopped during her jog to take a picture of the beach before deciding to turn around to run back when she was apprehended by two U.S. Border Patrol officers who told her she illegally crossed the border into Blaine, Washington.

And the separation of children from parents continues to get coverage.

What remains is major problems over illegal immigration into the US, especially via Mexico, and confusion and debate over how this should be dealt with humanely.

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8 Comments

  1. David

     /  June 24, 2018

    “Undocumented immigrants are far LESS likely to commit violent crime than those born in the US.”

    This is a curious claim. Every ‘undocumented’ immigrant is, by definition, a criminal.

    • Gezza

       /  June 24, 2018

      Do you know the difference between “violent crime” and “crime”?
      Can you explain how being an undocumented migrant is the same thing as being a violent criminal, seeing you seem to think they are the same thing.

      • Gezza

         /  June 24, 2018

        PS: No need to reply if, on looking again at what you wrote, you realise how utterly stupid it is & now really wish you’d just not even posted it in the first place.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 24, 2018

          Crime is crime, but the fact that someone is committing one crime doesn’t mean that they are committing another, and being an illegal immigrant is hardly a violent crime.

          All violence is crime, ergo all crime is violence. This is the faulty all A’s are B’s, ergo all B’s are A’s logic..

          All hippos are animals, ergo all animals are hippos.

          • phantom snowflake

             /  June 24, 2018

            All Cats are Kittys therefore all Kittys are Cats?

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  June 25, 2018

            It was never intended to be anything other than a demonstration of false logic, but as there are still those who think like that, it serves the purpose of showing what nonsense this is.

            I remember being told this one in Standard II as an example of false logic.