Multiple journalists, activists, and former Obama administration officials spread blatant falsehoods during Memorial Day weekend aimed at smearing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Trump administration.
The first false claim involved a news report showing photos of children in detention centers lying on floors that CNN’s Hadas Gold, former Obama official Jon Favreau, Shaun King, and Linda Sarsour all shared and promoted as being recent when, in fact, the photos were from 2014, during the Obama administration.
Gold later took down her tweet because she claimed that it “gave [the] impression” that the photos were recent, despite the fact that she said in her tweet that the photos were recent.
The second falsehood promoted by the media came from ABC13 Houston’s Antonio Arellano, who tweeted a photo of a bus that is used at a detention center.
Arellano wrote: “ICE’s largest family detention center, Karnes County Residential Center in Texas, run by contractor GEO Group, has a prison bus just for babies.”
This is a blatantly false statement. The link he included in his tweet even states that the bus was used to take children who were being detained on field trips. Also, the photo was taken in 2016, during the Obama administration.