Accuracy in Media

Vice News omitted key facts in biased immigration reporting about the southern U.S. border. Starting with the headline “Mexico Is Caving to Trump on Immigration,” the reporting’s positioning immediately stakes a claim against the idea that national sovereignty and borders are legitimate policies.

Vice reported how President Trump tweeted out “Incredible progress being made at the Southern Border!” along with a chart from the Mexican government showing a 92 decline in illegal immigrants staying in the United States who were traveling from Mexico. VICE then hits Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, accusing him of “an about-face” and said the Mexican government’s “crackdown would endanger migrants’ lives,” without any counter-voice suggesting prior enforcement strategies sparked greater humanitarian crises by encouraging illegal migration.

Mexico has seen a sharp uptick in immigrants from Central America en route to the United States. As mainstream media figures attack the Trump administration as being anti-immigrant and racist, VICE failed to point out that the administration’s concerns about illegal immigrants entering the country illegally are shared by a majority of the Mexican people, according to a Washington Post survey conducted in partnership with Mexico’s Reforma newspaper.

“Mexicans are deeply frustrated with immigrants after a year of heightened migration from Central America through the country, according to a survey conducted by The Washington Post and Mexico’s Reforma newspaper,” reported the Post’s  Kevin Sieff and Scott Clement. “More than 6 in 10 Mexicans say migrants are a burden on their country because they take jobs and benefits that should belong to Mexicans. A 55 percent majority supports deporting migrants who travel through Mexico to reach the United States.

“Those findings defy the perception that Mexico — a country that has sent millions of its own migrants to the United States, sending billions of dollars in remittances — is sympathetic to the surge of Central Americans. Instead, the data suggests Mexicans have turned against the migrants transiting through their own country, expressing antipathy that would be familiar to many supporters of President Trump north of the border.”

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