No, the Government Did Not "Lose" 1,500 Illegal Immigrant Minors

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Expecting honestly from our virtuous, ever important media (if you don’t have CNN constantly misleading you, are you truly free?) is about like expecting my yellow lab to defecate in the toilet, flush, and spray air freshener on his way out the door.


It’s just not going to happen.

With that said, here’s yet another example of false media hysteria ginned up by misleading headlines and subsequent outrage tweeting by blue check mark “journalists.”

If you’ve been alive the last 48 hours, you’ve probably been privy to media members sharing old photos and reports of Obama era immigration policies. This was done, purposely in most cases, to falsely blame Trump and paint him as an inhumane monster. When it’s pointed out that they their links are from the Obama era, you either get obfuscation or deleted tweets.

One story that’s made the rounds is a recent report that DHS “lost” track of 1,500 minors who crossed the border illegally during the summer rush of 2015. Again, that was during the Obama administration.

As with all things mainstream media, the headline is extremely misleading. Despite the body of the article providing a little more context (while still missing some key framing so as to make the Trump administration seem as sinister as possible), that doesn’t stop those with agendas from running with it.

In response to a completely unrelated tweet by Ivanka Trump of her child, we got stuff like this…


And here’s MSNBC’s Ruhle trying to start a hashtag about the “missing” children…

So is it true? Did the government lose 1,500 kids and were they ripped from their mother’s arms?

In short, no. The real story is much less scandalous and much more understandable…

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees refugee resettlement, began making calls last year to determine what had happened to 7,635 children the government had helped place between last October and the end of the year.

From these calls, officials learned that 6,075 children remained with their sponsors. Twenty-eight had run away, five had been removed from the United States and 52 had relocated to live with a nonsponsor. The rest were unaccounted for, giving rise to the 1,475 number. It is possible that some of the adult sponsors simply chose not to respond to the agency.


What essentially happened is that the government gave these kids to sponsors, the vast majority of which were family members already in the United States. Of those 8,000 or so children, about 1,500 did not respond (via their caregivers responding) to survey calls to check up on them. Why? Likely because they decided to avoid immigration authorities all together in order to fall off the radar. They are not lost. They are not misplaced. Nothing bad has happened to them (at least within CPB’s control).

Secondly, none of these children were ripped from their mother’s arms. They were unaccompanied when detained at the border.

Liberals insist that the most humane thing to do is admit these children into the US and give them to family members. When that’s done and (predictably) some do not cooperate with immigration authorities who call to check on them, those same liberals that insisted they be handed off to family cry foul that the government is no longer in possession of these children. It’s mind-numbing.

The amount of false conflation going on with these immigration stories in the last two days is breathtakingly stupid. CBP, DHS, and ICE are doing their best in an extremely tough situation. They have to balance all the factors related to handling of illegals after they are here while still also not incentivizing future crossings. The rush to demonize them is out of line.


I’d like to say the media dutifully misleading the public in order to gin up fake narratives is not common place, but it is. It’s completely typical.

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