‘Kids in Cages’ Rhetoric Disappears: WaPo, CBS Report on ‘Shelters,’ ‘Migrant Facilities’ at the Border
I’d say WaPo and CBS News lack self-awareness, but they know what they are doing.
Joe Biden is president now so everything the media once railed against is now totally fine.
It is weird how “kids in cages” turned into “shelters” or “migrant facilities” for kids.
Let’s look at The Washington Post and CBS News!
When a Republican is in office, they're "cages"
When a Democrat is in office, they're "shelters" pic.twitter.com/nWrlp3pvJc
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 23, 2021
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) February 23, 2021
What the heck? I’d say they lack self-awareness, but they know what they are doing. They do not care because they can get away with it.
The elites won’t call them out. Other journalists won’t call them out.
I will provide snippets from the articles. I urge you to read the articles because it is all about tone.
The articles share the same subject: children migrants and overcrowded facilities.
The ones published during Trump’s administration sound harsh, making Trump sound like a soulless and heartless human being.
The two published this week about the exact same circumstances, but occurring during Biden’s administration sound sympathetic to the migrants and Biden. The outlets feel bad for the migrants, but also for Biden’s team.
Something tells me we will not get in-depth articles about these facilities in the near future. I doubt we will get videos or inside testimony either.
From the 2021 WaPo article:
Dozens of migrant teens boarded vans Monday for the trip down a dusty road to a former man camp for oil field workers here, the first migrant child facility opened under the Biden administration.
The emergency facility — a vestige of the Trump administration that was open for only a month in summer 2019 — is being reactivated to hold up to 700 children ages 13 to 17.
Government officials say the camp is needed because facilities for migrant children have had to cut capacity by nearly half because of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border has been inching up, with January reporting the highest total — more than 5,700 apprehensions — for that month in recent years.
WaPo’s Aaron Blake already wrote a piece defending the above article. Yes, the article quotes immigration attorneys, who condemn Biden’s actions.
But it also quoted HHS Spokesman Mark Weber saying the facilities shouldn’t have had a bad reputation under Trump:
Weber said the facilities received a bad rap under the Trump administration because many people associated them with the detention centers run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But the children always received good care and that never wavered between administrations, he said.
From a 2018 WaPo article:
The DHS Office of Inspector General’s review found at least 860 migrant children were left in Border Patrol holding cells longer than the 72-hour limit mandated by U.S. courts, with one minor confined for 12 days and another for 25.
Many of those children were put in chain-link holding pens in the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas. The facilities were designed as short-term way stations, lacking beds and showers, while the children awaited transfer to shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
CBS News pulled a similar stunt:
Due to the steady increase in border crossings by unaccompanied children, nearly 90% of the 8,000 available beds administered by the federal agency charged with housing these minors are being occupied. On Monday, the number of children housed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), reached 7,100, leaving fewer than 900 empty beds.
The uptick has alarmed government officials, shelter operators and advocates who are worried about their ability to address one of their chief shared concerns: children spending prolonged periods of time in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities, most of which were designed to hold migrant adults.
“We absolutely are concerned,” an HHS official who requested anonymity told CBS News. “We are assessing all of our options on the table to make sure we have the capacity to house kids and take care of them and make sure they’re not backed up in CBP custody.”
CBS News in February 2020:
CBS News in June 2019? INHUMANE CONDITIONS:
A researcher told “CBS This Morning” that at the Clint facility, about 20 miles southeast of El Paso, more than a dozen children had the flu, and that some were in quarantine cells without adult supervision. The researcher added that young girls were taking care of a sick two-year-old boy who was in filthy clothing without a diaper, and that the children said they were fed uncooked frozen food and had gone weeks without bathing. CBS News reached out to immigration officials, and has not yet heard back.
Apprehensions in the El Paso border area have spiked more than 600% since last year. In May, the Office of the Inspector General pointed to dangerous overcrowding at the El Paso facility, showing migrants packed into holding cells.
According to current rules, children should only be held by Border Patrol for 72 hours before they’re transferred to Health and Human Services. But advocates say that children are being held for longer, and that they’re just being transferred between detention facilities to comply with the guidelines.
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