Fact check: Viral image of child in a cage was not detained by ICE

A viral photo of a small child crying with his hands gripping the side of a cage has sparked outrage as the national debate on immigration toils on.

Posted on Twitter last week by filmmaker and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, the photo is captioned: "This is what happens when a government believes people are “illegal.” Kids in cages." It has more than 24,000 retweets and 35,000 likes. 

Below the photo, Vargas writes that he was still trying to find the source of the photo and that he had pulled it from a friend's Facebook timeline.

 

As the heart-wrenching photo made its way across the internet, many began to link its origins to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), drawing a parallel to the almost 2,000 migrant children who have been separated from their parents or guardians, the Department of Homeland Security reported last week.

However, the photo of the young boy was actually taken on June 10, 2018 at an event protesting the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy. The boy is not a detainee. The protest featured signs reading: "If you were separated from your child, what would you do?" and "Hey Trump, what if it were your grandchildren in those dog cages? What would you do then?"

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that they do not have "a policy of separating families at the border."

 

 

More: Migrant detention center: Not much room for kids to play in the warehouse-like facility

The protest was hosted by the Texas chapter of the Brown Berets de Cemanahuac, an indigenous advocacy organization. The group posted on Facebook a photo gallery of the protest, with the little boy noticeably in the background. The viral image, however, was not featured. 

 

"We demand the release of the children being held in a jail and being treated like animals. We will not go away until we have answers!" the Facebook post read. 

Snopes debunked the photo of the child in the cage. The boy had not been detained by ICE, nor had it resurfaced from 2014 during the "Obama-era" as some internet commenters had claimed. 

PolitiFact also interviewed the original photographer, Leroy Peña, who said in an interview that the boy had spotted his mother outside the space and began crying and that he was only in the cage for about 30 seconds. 

Vargas, who originally tweeted the now-viral photo, said in response to criticism as to how his photo was captioned: "Read what I wrote. All I said the photo was this is what happens when a gov't considers people 'illegal.'

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Dr. John posted:

Gifted, you do realize your subject is "image" and your verb is "detained?" Not too many images detained, eh?

 

Oh great catch Kate, doesn't mean **** but I'm happy if you're
pleased with it. Maybe you're ghost writing for you know who..??
Dr. John posted:

Gifted, you do realize your subject is "image" and your verb is "detained?" Not too many images detained, eh?

 

You do realize it is cut and paste?  Contact the article's author, maybe they'll give a flip about your schoolmarm act . Oh, and did you scour it for any words that could allow you to yell racism? Surely you could have found something, seeing as how you are so adept at turning innocent words and factual statements into racist meanings. Find someone else to try to impress, your act has never worked on me.

Kid in the Cage was a Politicized Staged Act...!! and Boy did people eat it up on Que to DNC talking points!!! 

So why has the so-called “border crisis” been dominating the headlines in the past two weeks? Because, the Leftest Media wants it to, because it paints President Donald Trump in a negative light. 

“It’s just one manufactured crisis after another,” Even Limbaugh said on his radio show Tuesday of the media’s strategy. “And when I say "manufactured crisis," I mean they’re literally manufacturing a crisis here out of something that has been going on for years before Trump was Elected. No problem when obama was president? Media disregarded it, but now Trump is president, It's a Problem!!

Limbaugh said, its no coincidence that coverage of illegal immigrants being separated from their children have surged at about the same time many questions still remain about the Inspector General’s report of the Justice Department and its efforts to thwart Trump’s presidential campaign.

Lets not allow air time to showing of how DNC or fellow FBI Collusion's were bias in establishing & scheming  against Trump during his presidency. That's not the image the leftest media wants to display 24/7 to its viewers. It has to fit the Democrats theme only. Trouble is, the Leftest media is just a guilty as those FBI employees.

Would you consider a jihadist biased against Jews? Could a member of a white supremacist group be accused of bias against non-whites? Major Media reporting 90% Bias Negative air time to President Trump and only 10% of the achievements that are good for America & with little air time? Unbelievable...

giftedamateur posted:
Dr. John posted:

Gifted, you do realize your subject is "image" and your verb is "detained?" Not too many images detained, eh?

 

You do realize it is cut and paste?  Contact the article's author, maybe they'll give a flip about your schoolmarm act . Oh, and did you scour it for any words that could allow you to yell racism? Surely you could have found something, seeing as how you are so adept at turning innocent words and factual statements into racist meanings. Find someone else to try to impress, your act has never worked on me.

Ohh! You've angered a grammar fascist!  

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