Reminder: Many Photos Showing Trump's 'Concentration Camps' Are Actually From Obama's Term

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Posted: Jul 02, 2019 9:40 AM
Reminder: Many Photos Showing Trump's 'Concentration Camps' Are Actually From Obama's Term

Source: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Katie covered former President Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's brutal rebuke of the left's insistence that the border crisis, and subsequent detention centers handling the mass influx of illegal aliens and minors, somehow started under President Donald J. Trump. “Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages, whatever you want to call them, were not invented on January 20, 2017, okay?" Johnson said. Well, regardless of the facts, various photos from Obama's term in office on Twitter and in left-leaning publications are still being circulated as if they were present day. 

The deputy director of communications for the Trump 2020 campaign, Matt Wolking, pointed out via Twitter that an article recently published by The Hill made it seem as if the children garbed in tinfoil blankets and sleeping on floors were suffering because of President Trump's policies.

Pointing out the left's insincerity on the issue, Wolking noted that the photo was taken in 2014 when current Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden was Vice President serving under President Obama. 

In fact, in May of 2018, the Associated Press had to issue a "fact-check" article highlighting photos taken during President Obama's term in office that many critics were using as proof of the supposedly heartless actions taken by President Trump.

For example, Jon Favreau, a speechwriter for President Barack Obama, wrongly said the following of the photos: "This is happening right now, and the only debate that matters is how we force our government to get these kids back to their families as fast as humanly possible." 

The only thing is that Favreau and much of the media and Democratic Party were not paying attention to when those photos actually happened. 

Here's the correction the AP issued for those folks:

The photos, taken by The Associated Press, were from 2014, during the Obama administration, but were presented by liberal activists as if they showed the effects of Trump’s immigration policy now. Villaraigosa, Favreau and some others deleted their tweets when the mistake was pointed out.

They had linked to a June 2014 online story by The Arizona Republic titled “First peek: Immigrant children flood detention center.” The story featured photos taken by AP’s Ross D. Franklin at a center run by the Customs and Border Protection Agency in Nogales, Arizona. One photo shows two unidentified female detainees sleeping in a holding cell. The caption refers to U.S. efforts to process 47,000 unaccompanied children at the Nogales center and another one in Brownsville, Texas.

Now, to be clear, the conditions in these detention centers have arguably stayed the same or in some cases worsened. But, the current day reactions to the photos prove that the left's contrived condemnation, while ignoring the issue under President Obama, is nothing more than anti-Trump posturing rather than genuine concern for the plight of the migrants.