New York Times’ word games compare Biden’s border ‘shelters’ to Trump’s border ‘jails’

The New York Times ran an article on Saturday entitled “Young Migrants Crowd Shelters, Posing Test for Biden” that contained an extremely biased and misleading comparison between Biden’s “border facilities” and Trump’s “border jails.”

Buried about halfway down in the article is the quote: “They have also moved to cut the time it takes to conduct background checks for parents in an effort to release the young migrants from the shelters more quickly and open up spots for those being held in border jails. But even with the early signs of progress, over 4,100 minors were stuck in border facilities earlier this week, far more than the 2,600 detained in border jails at the peak of the surge in 2019.” The wording seems to paint a biased picture of how the children were housed under the Biden administration versus the Trump administration.

The way the piece was carefully crafted was seemingly meant to provide cover for Biden over the crisis on the border: “The administration is under intensifying pressure to expand its capacity to care for as many as 35,000 unaccompanied minors, part of a wave of people crossing the border.” A number of phrases were left out of that summation including “surge,” “illegal immigrants,” and “crisis.” To be fair, the term “surge” is used in the body of the post.

According to the article, the Department of Homeland Security and NASA workers are being asked to volunteer to take a “four-month paid leave” of absence to help take care of these illegal immigrant children on the border. Approximately 19,000 are now being housed at the border and that number is expected to get much worse. Facilities are already far overcapacity.

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There are now many pictures and videos floating around that show cage-like structures with minors packed into them. The facilities were never intended for children and were meant to be short-term housing for others during surges across the border. The children are sometimes kept much longer than a month in the detention areas.

There is also the issue of the title itself for the article. Real Clear Politics’ Tom Bevan saw the header at The New York Times and helpfully “fixed it” for the media outlet to better represent what is reportedly taking place in the migrant facilities at the border housing thousands of unaccompanied migrant children:

While President Biden has claimed that he didn’t know this would happen and that they did not have time to prepare because of a shortened transition period, many contend that is just not true.

The situation is also getting ready to explode even further: “Government projections obtained by The New York Times show there could be more than 35,000 migrant children to be cared for by June — a prospect that one former senior health and human services official called “terrifying.”’ That is potentially an understatement.

Journalist and author Glenn Greenwald is appalled at the conditions and the lack of reporting by the liberal media:

All of this is occurring just as Biden’s “border czar” Roberta Jacobson announced she is suddenly stepping down. She fervently claims she only intended to be in the position for 100 days, to begin with, but many find that assertion lacks credibility as well as believability, given the expanding crisis on the border.

And despite being three months into Biden’s administration, they are still blaming former President Trump for the catastrophe on the border: “Despite inheriting a broken immigration system decimated by four years of neglect and poor policy decisions, the Biden administration continues to remain focused on expanding capacity and bed space,” declared Vedant R. Patel, a White House spokesman.

According to government data, the Biden administration is spending a minimum of $62 million a week to house and care for unaccompanied migrant children, and that amount is set to grow at an alarming rate. The daily cost per day currently is approximately $775 per child.

“From the outside, it may not appear to be an ideal system but at its core, it is one that emphasizes safety, which is critical when it comes to vulnerable children,” said Krish Vignarajah, who is the president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and is working to unite minors with sponsors. But there have been numerous reports of sexual assault in the facilities and Governor Abbott of Texas is demanding that at least one of the centers be shut down in San Antonio calling Biden’s “border facility” a “nightmare.”


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