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The New York Times misreported Saturday that the Trump administration "lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children" then followed up on Monday, not with a correction or apology, but by accusing President Trump with "spreading wrong information" about federal authorities ripping children from their parents’ arms at the border, and then losing them.
"Did the Trump administration separate nearly 1,500 immigrant children from their parents at the border, and then lose track of them?" asked the article. "No. The government did realize last year that it lost track of 1,475 migrant children it had placed with sponsors in the United States, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee last month. But those children had arrived alone at the Southwest border — without their parents."
The article goes on to explain that children who show up alone at the border are usually turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services’ refugee office, which places them with a sponsor. Sponsors are usually parents or family members who live in the United States. When the refugee office made calls last to determine the whereabouts of 7,635 children placed with sponsors last year, they learned that 6,075 children were still with their sponsors, 52 had relocated to live with a nonsponsor, 28 had run away, and five "had been removed from the United States. The rest were unaccounted for, giving rise to the 1,475 number. It is possible that some of the adult sponsors simply chose not to respond to the agency," wrote the Times.
Glenn noted that these stories are being spun to "seem like Trump is ripping children from their parents and tossing the kids out into the street where they are lost. No, that's not what's happening. The left was never obsessed with legal immigration under the Obama administration. They only developed outrage when President Trump decided to actually address this enormous problem."
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