Accuracy in Media

The United States saw the largest employment raid and illegal immigration detainment since George W. Bush’s presidency in 2008.

On Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations took nearly 700 food processing employees who were in the U.S. illegally to a detainment facility for questioning and further action.

ICE and HSI have also been holding the food processing facilities accountable for hiring undocumented immigrants without the proper paperwork.

On Wednesday, CNN reported the emotional side of the detainment story, highlighting the emotions of children looking on as their first day of school was interrupted by many of their parents detainment for being in America illegally. CNN also called this successful operation “unprecendented” in which is factually inaccurate due to the prior raids taking place within previous administrations. 

In addition, CNN failed to mention the raid and arrests were part of a year-long investigation. ICE Acting Director Matt Albence confirmed this to The Hill on Thursday. 

However, CNN failed to cover much of what the ICE press release stressed after the arrests such as, a 24-hour toll-free hotline that operates in Spanish and English in which family members of those arrested to ask questions about detention locations and statuses.

They also never reported that ICE staff interviewed all foreign nationals arrested to record any humanitarian situations and learn about their prior history of entering America illegally.

Many news organizations chose to report on this breaking news differently which were based on more facts than an illegals emotion.

Fox News reported differently than CNN, in which mentions any worker who was confirmed of legal status, was able to leave after their car was searched. Meanwhile, AOL’s coverage emphasized immigration attorney’s telling them about five busloads of people had been released by the following morning.

ICE raids were effective and common practice during President George W. Bush’s administration, where he most notably had one in Iowa at a meatpacking plant. Unlike George Bush, President Obama avoided using this tactic amd limited workplace immigration efforts to auditing according to AP News.

Due to the amount of resources and preparation that goes into a raid, they are rare, with planned raids only taking place within 10 cities across America.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media and The Hill. She is the former Political Director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and current national PAC consultant. @MarissaAlisa

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