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NY Times Omits Critical Context in Reporting on U.S.-Mexico Border

The New York Times omitted key historical context about the immigration crisis at our southern border in its reporting about Congress’ possible opposition [1] to the president standing up to Mexico for failing to support U.S. efforts to protect its sovereignty.

Border patrol officials report that in May, 144,278 migrants were apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the southern border. Apprehensions and inadmissibles increased by nearly one-third from April. May marked the third straight month with more than 100,000 apprehensions and inadmissibles. More than 675,000 migrants have been apprehended or deemed inadmissible at the southern border so far this fiscal year – nearly double the number seen during the same period last year.

Border Patrol apprehensions have skyrocketed, with more than 132,000 migrants apprehended at the border in May alone. Border Patrol apprehensions jumped by 229 percent compared to May 2018. Border Patrol has already apprehended nearly 600,000 migrants so far this fiscal year, already surpassing the totals for each of the last 10 years.

And while the Times discussed the hypothetical effects of Mexican tariffs on Texans, the Times failed to mention that President Trump has requested more funds to address the humanitarian immigration crisis, including more than $2.8 billion to maintain and increase shelter capacity for unaccompanied alien children.