The White House is forcefully debunking myths propagated by the mainstream media about illegal immigration.
The administration has long been at odds with anti-Trump media coverage and the tension has resulted in the White House holding only one “daily press briefing” in the past 70 plus days.
It’s clear the administration believes the media will never give the President Trump a fair shake. The White House issued a statement Thursday titled “Top 5 Border Falsehoods Pushed By Democrats and the Media,” sending a clear message the administration is fed up with media efforts to downplay the illegal immigration crisis.
Democrats, echoed by left-leaning media outlets, repeatedly claim there is no crisis at the border, claiming the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border has dramatically decreased.
Trumps decision to shut the government down in January prompted headlines blaring warnings such as CNN’s: “Trump’s border visit is premised on lies.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., relentlessly dismiss Trump’s warnings on border security as an effort to “stoke fear” among Americans and accuse him of playing up a “manufactured crisis.”
Forbes chimed in: “There Is No Border Crisis.”
Leftist-rag Mother Jones piled on: “There Is No Crisis on the Southern Border. None.”
The White House fired back dismissing the media’s claims illegal immigration doesn’t warrant a crisis, noting that illegal migration surged in February to the highest in over a decade.
MYTH: There is no crisis at the border.
FACT: We continue to face a surge in illegal immigration that has brought the border crisis to a breaking point. There has been a massive surge in illegal migrants arriving at our border, with more than 76,000 apprehended or deemed inadmissible at a port of entry last month—the most of any February during the past 12 years. This fiscal year, U.S. Border Patrol has seen a 97 percent increase in apprehensions compared to the same time period last year. Even before this recent surge, former President Obama called the situation at our southern border “a humanitarian crisis” as early as 2014.
The administration also addressed whether the Trump national emergency action to unilaterally expand the southern border wall usurps constitutional separation of powers or exceeds presidential authority used by President Obama.
MYTH: President Trump’s executive action on the border is overreaching, similar or worse to President Obama’s.
FACT: President Trump’s exercise of executive power is categorically different from the kind President Obama used to circumvent existing immigration law. President Trump acted under the clear authority provided under the National Emergencies Act to address the crisis at the border. This is the literal and exact opposite of President’s Obama’s orders invalidating Congressional statute.
The White House statement debunking the media reads like a fact-checking website and the post is similar to the articles published by Snopes. Despite Snopes calling itself a non-partisan fact-checking entity and Google’s search algorithm treating it as such, Snopes overtly skews information to the left’s favor.
The bias monopoly on so-called “facts” will likely prompt the White House to play the role of fact-checker more often. You can read the entire statement here.
The statement comes off the heels of congressional testimony from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen refuting Democrat lawmakers’ accusations against national emergency declaration and the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
Nielsen said Wednesday the zero-tolerance policy was not a “family separation,” but did mandate criminal prosecutions against all migrants, including those crossing the border with children who were not permitted to be housed in adult detention centers.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in June ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the US border illegally.