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House Dems use Obama-era photos to promote ‘kids in cages’ hearing

Democrats on the Home Oversight Committee have deleted tweets that promoted an upcoming Wednesday afternoon listening to on “kids in cages” after being known as out for utilizing Obama-era photos of migrants in detention to focus on present situations on the border.

“Last week, members of our committee visited a detention center at the southern border and discovered grotesque treatment of children,” the primary tweet, posted Tuesday afternoon, mentioned. “This week, we are examining the inhumane treatment of the children in these detention centers.”


However the tweet included {a photograph} taken by The Related Press in 2014, in the course of the Obama administration, exhibiting migrants in detention in Arizona. The Trump marketing campaign flagged the soon-deleted tweet and famous the picture comes from a time when present Democratic presidential major front-runner Joe Biden was vice chairman.

“House Democrats are promoting their ‘civil rights’ hearing on ‘kids in cages’ and ‘inhumane treatment’ with a photo from 2014, when Joe Biden was Vice President,” the tweet learn. “So dishonest!”


Based on The Each day Caller, Home Democrats then put up a brand new tweet with a unique {photograph} — additionally, it seems, from the Obama administration years. That tweet was quickly deleted as nicely, after it was observed by their Republican counterparts on the committee.

“You all know that’s a picture from 2014, right? Remind us who was President then,” the tweet mentioned.

The listening to, nonetheless scheduled, will likely be held Wednesday by the Oversight Committee’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee. Democrats on that panel embody Chairman Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Republicans typically don’t dispute that there at present are poor situations in detention facilities on the border, notably with a whole bunch of 1000’s of migrants crossing the border in latest months — a lot of them unaccompanied minors or household models. Lawmakers disagree over the basis causes of the situations, nonetheless, with many Republicans arguing the services are overwhelmed and under-resourced, and Democrats claiming that border officers are mistreating or exhibiting disregard for these in custody.

A report by the Division of Homeland Safety’s Workplace of Inspector Normal issued final week discovered that roughly 8,000 immigrants in Texas services have been subjected to “serious overcrowding” and extended detention.

At three services, authorities auditors mentioned they noticed youngsters missing full entry to showers and a change of garments. Some detainees got wet-wipes in lieu of showers and plenty of adults hadn’t showered regardless of being held for so long as a month.

President Trump signed a invoice final month handed by Congress that commits practically $5 billion to handle the disaster.

However Republicans have bristled on the suggestion that these issues are distinctive to the Trump administration, and have accused Democrats of double requirements by highlighting the difficulty solely now and never in the course of the Obama years. They’ve sharply disputed characterizations by critics together with Ocasio-Cortez, who accuses the administration of working “concentration camps.”


The images utilized by Home Democrats have been mistakenly linked to the Trump administration and shared on-line earlier than by Democrats and liberal activists. A 2018 Related Press truth verify famous that numerous lawmakers and activists had deleted tweets after the error had been identified to them.

“Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages,” Trump tweeted on the time. “They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires.”

Fox Information’ Louis Casiano and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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