Fake News: NOT First Glimpse Of Immigrant Children At Trump Holding Facility

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: NOT First Glimpse Of Immigrant Children At Trump Holding Facility

Is a set of photos currently going viral showing children sleeping in cages at an immigration facility at Brownsville and Nogales the consequence of policies of the Trump administration? No, that's not true: despite what many people are claiming on social media the photos date back to June 2014 when Barack Obama was still president. The photos themselves are real but they have nothing to do with Donald Trump.

The photos appeared in an article published on June 18, 2014 that was titled "First glimpse of immigrant children at holding facility" (archived here) which opened:

Two female detainees sleep in a holding cell. Children are separated by age group and gender. CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.

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First glimpse of immigrant children at holding facility

Two female detainees sleep in a holding cell. Children are separated by age group and gender. CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.

Many people online were saying the photos were shocking and that Donald Trump was somehow to blame. One site even went so far as to call the photos pictures of "Trump's Concentration Camps":

Associated Press Releases First Images Of Trump's Concentration Camps; This Is Beyond Sick

Associated Press Releases First Images Of Trump's Concentration Camps; This Is Beyond Sick The Trump administration policy of destroying immigrant families and leaving children to die is, at this point, a genuine humanitarian crisis.

Several people on Twitter presented the article as if it was from this year and a consequence of Trump policies:

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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