Accuracy in Media

The situation at America’s southern border is a “manufactured crisis,” one perpetuated—if not started—by the Obama administration. After all, the administration put out an ad in January 2014 asking for contractors to handle an influx of 65,000 children. “The surge to 60,000 or so children seen this year was said to catch many off guard, especially since just 6,500 children entered the U.S. as early as 2011,” reported Pete Kasperowicz for The Blaze. “But [Republican Senator Jeff] Sessions [R-AL] said the advertisement showed that the administration knew the surge would happen.” And in reality, the 60,000 children represent only about 20 percent of the total illegal immigrants who have come into this country since April.

In addition, a series of new revelations this week further demolish the administration’s narrative about whether or not this is, indeed, a manufactured crisis, and if it is being handled responsibly. For example, thanks to a report by Breitbart News, we learned that the Obama administration is using organizations to find prospective foster homes for some of the unaccompanied children coming across the border, and offering to pay the foster parents more than $6,000 per month, tax free, to house them. What could possibly go wrong?

If that doesn’t work out, the federal government has plans for temporary housing at a Texas resort, with tennis courts, swimming pools, a steam room and sauna, all for the bargain rate of $50 million a year. At least they did until the public became aware of it, at which time they thought better of it. As Washington, D.C. radio talk-show host Chris Plante said, maybe they should have thought to offer that first to homeless or disabled vets. Did anyone consider that?

Breitbart also disclosed material in a leaked report from the El Paso Intelligence Center, which combines information from Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration, among a number of other government agencies. The report states, “Of the 230 total migrants interviewed, 219 cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or permisos…” In other words, it isn’t, as the administration and its allies in the media argue, an uptick in violence back home in Central America that is driving this wave of illegal immigrants into this country.

As recently as last year, President Barack Obama and then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured the American public that the border was secure. “The amount of manpower, technology, everything else that we have put on that border is simply amazing,” Secretary Napolitano told ABC News. “This is not the same border that was.”

“We’re putting mobile surveillance so that we can move around and watch, and we have increased boots on the ground,” she continued.

As for President Obama, he assured the public in 2011 that “Under Secretary Napolitano’s leadership, we have strengthened border security beyond what many believed was possible.”

Both Secretary Napolitano and President Obama attacked border control advocates as just looking to follow an impossible standard. “I suspect there will be those who will try to move the goal posts one more time,” President Obama said in 2011. “They’ll say we need to triple the border patrol.  Or quadruple the border patrol.”

The problem is, however, even that increase in numbers wouldn’t help if the additional staff is only assigned to “processing duties,” instead of patrolling the border and sending illegal immigrants back home. A National Border Patrol Council spokesman, Hector Garza, recently told CNN, “At this point about 70 percent of our border patrol agents in this area are being reassigned for processing duties,” adding, “What that means is that we’re leaving approximately 30 percent of our Border Patrol agents to actually do field work, to actually patrol our border, and what that creates is a very porous border where dangerous criminals, dangerous drugs are entering our country undetected, and they’re making their way to our communities.”

He later told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the federal government is “aiding and abetting” the illegal aliens, and that he’s been told not to speak out. He said he is speaking for the agents: “The federal government is actually completing the smuggling cycle by having a parent sending their child to the U.S. border, having them smuggled. That is only part of the smuggling cycle. Then the federal government steps in. We apprehend them. We process [inaudible] them and release them to their family members in the U.S. We just completed that smuggling cycle. Why would anybody want to hire a smuggler when the U.S. government is actually doing it for free?”

Garza is just the kind of public servant that America badly needs more of these days. He won’t be intimidated into keeping quiet about a disastrous situation that he sees and deals with directly on a daily basis. He said that their agents are constantly under attack by the drug cartels, including having shots fired at them, and they’ve even had the Mexican military attack their agents.

Added Garza: “Our border patrol agents come to work every day with their head up high. They’re very good at what they do. We are trained very well. However, at this point our resources are running dry and morale is at a very low level. But our agents continue to do their job as best as they can.”

Also making their way to our communities are unaccompanied children and women with children who are being smuggled in by “coyotes.” Many of these children become victims of sex or criminal abuse during the journey. Facilities are becoming overrun with immigrants suffering from mental, emotional, and physical illnesses such lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox. In order to keep this information from the public, the Department of Health and Human Services imposed a gag order so that the staff at one facility couldn’t tell the press anything. Even a Congressman was initially not allowed to enter a different facility, until he repeatedly pushed for it.

Continuing their strong-arm tactics with the press, the administration issued a series of rules for the media visiting Fort Sill: don’t record anything, ask questions, or, in general, do the investigative work of good journalism. In addition, pictures were to be provided afterwards for the media’s use. One wonders how the media would have reacted had the Bush administration put such restrictions on them during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

If history foretells the future, the administration is again offering thin promises on immigration. “If those children do not have a legal basis for remaining in this country, as I mentioned, it’s unlikely those children will be found to qualify for humanitarian relief, they’ll be sent back,” said press secretary Josh Earnest. Really? As we reported earlier, “If you’re an unaccompanied minor, or in legalese an unaccompanied alien child (UAC), you can count on social services and pro-bono legal support to help you stay in the country and reunite with relatives who already live here.” More specifically, Safe Passage Project Director Lenni Benson told The New York Times in May that 90 percent of UACs “qualify for immigration relief, allowing them to remain in the United States legally.”

In addition, “The vast majority of 50,000 unaccompanied youths and children who have illegally crossed the Texas border during the last few months have been successfully delivered by federal agencies to their relatives living in the United States..,” reports The Daily Caller. “A second New York Times article report revealed that officials have caught an additional 240,000 Central American migrants since April, and are transporting many of them to their destinations throughout the United States.” Mothers and children are caught by the Border Patrol, safely picked up, and then bused throughout the United States with the thin requirement that they later appear at a deportation court proceeding.

President Obama would like Americans to believe that his latest initiative in requesting additional funding from Congress and the power to expedite the deportation of Central American illegal alien children means that he truly is getting tough on immigration, and that he’s not ignoring what’s happening south of the border.  He has chosen to conveniently blame this on a 2008 law that was passed by a bipartisan vote under President Bush. This law forbids the government from sending back non-Mexican illegal alien children “rapidly,” according to The New York Times.

To this, we must ask “why the crisis now?” The influx of immigrants has been blamed on increasing violence in three countries—El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Honduras has had the highest murder rate of any nation for years, with 85.5 of 100,000 people murdered in 2012, 79 of 100,000 in 2013, and 90.4 of 100,000 in 2014, according to Reuters and CNN. Permissive immigration policies by President Obama have allowed the influx of immigrants, wooed by rumors that they may get to stay in the United States, providing the impetus to begin their long journey. For example, the Daily Caller reports, “Top immigration officials choose to not check if the relatives or parents who pick up the children are in the country legally.”

Mexico, which has much stricter immigration enforcement on its southern border than we do, announced last week in a joint press conference with its president and the president of Guatemala that it would be facilitating a 72-hour safe passage permit to move through Mexico to the U.S. border, including providing “financial assistance” and emergency medical care for people crossing their border from Guatemala or Belize.

But amidst all of this we have another longstanding crisis: a journalistic crisis. The media establishment is simply unable to describe the manufactured crisis that is happening because journalists are muzzled by AP Stylebook standards. As National Review recounts:

In 2013, the Associated Press Stylebook, a guidebook used by newspapers nationwide, eliminated the term ‘illegal immigrant’ from its pages. ‘People who were brought into the country as children should not be described as having immigrated illegally,’ the stylebook for news reporters reads. ‘For people granted a temporary right to remain in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, use temporary resident status, with details on the program lower in the story.’ The guide also gives this direction: ‘Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented’ (emphasis in original).

In other words, papers such as The New York Times freely refer to illegal immigrants as just “immigrants,” and other news outlets such as CNN allow their sources to equate anti-illegal immigrant sentiments with “anti-immigrant” hatred. The Times even argues that “The besieged border is a myth, and the arrival of a few thousand weary refugee children on buses does not make the myth true.” This type of confusion and distortion should not continue, for the good of the country.

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  • stevor

    “He has chosen to conveniently blame this on a 2008 law that was passed by a bipartisan vote under President Bush. This law forbids the government from sending back non-Mexican illegal alien children “rapidly,”according to The New York Times.”?
    Gee, he doesn’t have trouble writing executive orders on other matters so why won’t he do something about this?

  • joshuasweet

    that should raise it to the level of treasonous actions by the administration a concerted effort to provide aid and comfort to the enemies of the nation and still no one does anything about it.

  • rodulfo-tardo

    Willful occupation of U.S. Military Bases, for use of immigrant insurgency at best given time to distract from the travesty this cretin-in-chief passes off as humanitarian-tolerant-diversity, think how convenient a border emergency would be, as the ISIS terror coalition follows through on Obama’s caliphate aspirations, Ukraine, Israel or another Arab-Spring to reinstate the Brotherhood and Mursy in Egypt.

  • Linden150

    We have been told that it is mainly women and children coming across the border. But alternate media has reports that the influx is currently males, aged 14 to 17. And some are members of violent gangs in Central America. Do you remember in part of the immigration reform, one path to citizenship would be to allow those illegal immigrants who would join the military and serve, to then become citizens? Think about that. This administration has been actively trying to gut our military in the last 5 years. What a great way to restock the manpower of our armed forces, with persons who have no understanding of our constitution, and no allegiance to our country and USA citizens

  • hellbentgerbils


  • undocumented democrats!

  • bittman

    All Americans should be out on the streets protesting the essentially open border. There are hundreds of protests scheduled for tomorrow all across the country.

  • Kay Briskey

    Lies! All lies! We never believed Janet Napolitano. Even high school students and younger saw through her claim the border was secure.

  • Kay Briskey

    Overwhelming scandals of the most reprehensible nature, and the extreme need for acquiring illegal voters to manage another illicit win in November are the morally unsound driving points for this critical border problem. House Rep Trey Gowdy has taken off the Republican gloves, and both black and white Democrats are fleeing the party in ideology. So now, in our faces on a daily basis, we are seeing desperate acts of Democrats, desperate to retain power they long ago ceased to deserve.

    Just as Republican kid gloves are coming off, Democrats are now wearing dictatorship thug boots with their intent to finally put America and Republicans in coffins. Keep the faith; keep your minds upon God! Strength and power lies in our Christian nature that has been forged and founded upon truth. Keep your minds upon God to be able to allow Him to give inspiration and protection and to lead the American Christian mind in a positively forceful way. AMEN! So be it!

  • Kay Briskey

    It is mind boggling that Obama’s administration actually put a message in South American newspapers to trigger illegal aliens to head north. Now they are showing up and besieging our borders and towns. They are, largely, jihadist type adult young men and some children. Children to drive public sympathy away from common sense. Jihadist men to join Obama’s private army as Obama cuts our military. Not all that long ago, Democrats and liberal media in cahoots for the progressive/socialist mind could still afford to be
    subtle in destroying America. But, subtlety to Obama is OUT!

  • Kay Briskey

    I read elsewhere that some are as old as 25.

  • Kay Briskey

    The poor man is ensnared by all his lies. He is stuck tight to the tar baby!

  • magic1114

    I continue to read stories such as this and the same old line goes through my head. “How can you tell Obama and his crew are lying? Their lips are moving”. And yet, there are people in this country that STILL believe what they say… F’en Morons!

  • Marc Goldstone

    Who is paying for the transportation from South America? Probably Soros or something funded by him.