In what appears to be an attempt to link President Donald Trump to the El Paso shooting, CNN claimed on Saturday that some victims of the mass shooting “likely” avoided seeking medical treatment because of their “immigration status.”
The implication was that the Trump administration’s tough but widely supported policies against illegal immigration — a CBS poll from two months ago found that three-fourths of Americans believe illegal aliens should indeed be detained and deported — were responsible for this alleged fear.
Also CBS poll: only 21% of voters favor releasing illegal immigrants into the country. Nearly 3/4 support incarceration and deportation pic.twitter.com/ULUkvkQOP0
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 24, 2018
“There’s going to be identification and then, of course, family notification, which they clearly want to do before. And you’re just going to have an issue of whether people had identification and what is their legal status,” CNN contributor Juliette Kayyem, a former Obama administration official, said around on Saturday afternoon, shortly after local El Paso officials held a press conference about the shooting.
“This is a community that is racially diverse. And actually, the sergeant had alluded to this, and I just have a recommendation to local officials that they’re worried that the wounded either walked away or that people are not reunifying with their family because of their immigration status,” she continued. “I think that El Paso should make it very, very clear that there will be no immigration enforcement at either the family unification centers or the hospitals, because as the sergeant said, this is a concern.”
She then added, “It’s clear there are people who are not reunifying with their family, and there are people that are worried and injured that did not go to hospitals likely because of the immigration status and that’s something that El Paso should get ahead of if they’re concerned about it.”
Take a listen to Kayyem’s comments below:
Notice how her remarks were laced with her opinions. Note also how she spoke of El Paso Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Robert Gomez having allegedly “alluded” to (versus explicitly mentioned) the purported medical care problem during the press conference held moments earlier.
Why are these observations important? Because there is no other record of the sergeant having said anything about illegal aliens. Moreover, no other news outlet — save for those that have shared CNN’s claims — has reported that there are concerns by the El Paso Police Department about illegal aliens refusing medical assistance because of worries over their immigration status.
CNN’s claims have been shared thousands of times since Saturday by various “reporters,” media outlets and left-wing activist groups, all under the dubious guise of there being “concerns” about this alleged issue of illegal aliens not seeking out medical assistance:
CNN reports that local officials in El Paso believe some mass shooting victims didn’t seek medical treatment because of their immigration status. America is in dire shape. pic.twitter.com/E68hiCN5H2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 3, 2019
LET THIS SINK IN FOR A MINUTE ===> There are concerns that families of some of the victims could be too afraid to go to the family reunification centers or hospitals searching for loved ones because of their immigration status and they are afraid they could suddenly be arrested
— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) August 3, 2019
Concern El Paso shooting victims not seeking assistance due to immigration status. https://t.co/NTpj34wTRF
— Slate (@Slate) August 4, 2019
If you are afraid to contact the authorities regarding the shooting because of your immigration status, please contact Hope Border Institute and we will help you. #elpasoshooting
— HopeBorderInstitute (@HopeBorder) August 4, 2019
One of the outlets that chose to parrot CNN’s claims was The Guardian.
“David Stout, El Paso county commissioner, told the Guardian he was concerned about reports that some victims or relatives might be afraid to go to reunification centers or seek medical attention due to their immigration status. He said he had not directly heard these accounts, but was worried people might be deterred since there were border patrol agents involved in the response,” the outlet reported.
The report linked back to the CNN clip above that was shared by disgraced Vox “reporter” Aaron Rupar. A report by Slate did the same thing.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus got in on the action as well, issuing a statement that cited “troubling reports” of illegals refusing medical treatment.
“Hispanic Americans and immigrants have been directly and violently attacked,” caucus chair Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said in a statement. “This crime was intentional violence to strike fear in our communities, for our lives, and for our families.”
He added, “In the aftermath, I’ve heard troubling reports of victims of the shooting refusing to seek help because of their immigration status. If you need medical attention or help finding a loved one, do so immediately. There are community groups ready to assist you.”
“This vile act of terrorism against Hispanic Americans was inspired by divisive racial and ethnic rhetoric and enabled by weapons of war.”
Read full statement from @HispanicCaucus Chairman @JoaquinCastroTX on the shooting in El Paso ⬇️https://t.co/TnIk3h0Ly0 pic.twitter.com/Hfz8FZkDkH
— Hispanic Caucus (@HispanicCaucus) August 4, 2019
But it appears there haven’t been “troubling reports” — there’s just been the ONE report from CNN.
It’s unclear why, if CNN’s claims are valid, they haven’t been confirmed by any other outlets. Some critics believe CNN and those sharing its claims are “playing politics”:
CNN is playing politics by saying that some of the victims in El Paso walmart are immigrants and are refusing medical help because they could be pickedup by ICE officials which at this time ICE has said that nobody won’t be pickedup.
— American Patriot Forever (@DeplorableRoc) August 4, 2019
This is false information, I am a health professional in El Paso and El Paso offers healthcare to immigrants that come to El Paso and immigration status is not an issue when seeking healthcare is involved. This is what is wrong with CNN they have no idea what is going on !!
— Lisa FNPRunningMaMa??⚕️ (@FnpLisa) August 4, 2019
You’re a truly disgusting human being. No evidence just spewing racist bullshit when you should be mourning. Trying to capitalize off people’s sorrow and loss to protect citizens of other countries breaking our laws. You, sir, are the enemy of the people.
— Derrick Simon (@SimmyDerrick) August 3, 2019
Is this laundered or real? Last time I tracked the facts on CNN, it was laundered. Speculation gets laundered into truth all the time…this is the penultimate step in the process. Tomorrow it will be a FACT that illegals avoided getting treatment because of their status.
— ILikeToThink (@IThinkBasic) August 4, 2019
Below is the previously mentioned press conference. Feel free to see for yourself whether you can find any spot in which the police sergeant referenced illegal aliens not seeking out medical treatment:
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