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PoliticsGOP blasts Democrats for using 2014 'kids in cages' photo to promote migrant hearing

01:30  11 july  2019
01:30  11 july  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Cummings: Treatment of young migrants is 'government-sponsored child abuse'

Cummings: Treatment of young migrants is 'government-sponsored child abuse' House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) called the treatment of migrant children at facilities on the U.S. border with Mexico "government-sponsored child abuse" in a news conference Thursday, according to The Dallas Morning News. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "They say they have all the supplies they need, and they say that all of the allegations of mistreatment are - and I quote - `unsubstantiated.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Democrats tweeted, and then deleted, a picture Tuesday of an Obama-era migrant detention center to attack Republicans ahead of a Wednesday hearing on President Donald Trump’s policies of “putting migrant kids in cages .”

House Democrats have erased a tweet promoting a hearing on the effects of President Trump’s border policies on children after finding out they The tweet was posted in anticipation of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, dubbed ‘ Kids in Cages : Inhumane Treatment at the Border’

GOP blasts Democrats for using 2014 'kids in cages' photo to promote migrant hearing© Getty Images GOP blasts Democrats for using 2014 'kids in cages' photo to promote migrant hearing

The Democratic-led House Oversight Committee on Tuesday promoted a hearing on migrant detention facilities by tweeting a photo taken during the Obama administration, prompting Republicans to accuse Democrats of "playing politics" with their criticism of conditions at the southern border.

Republicans and the Trump campaign seized on the since-deleted tweet ahead of Wednesday's hearing.

"Continuing to prove that Dems are only playing politics with the border crisis, House Democrats promoted a hearing on 'kids in cages' with a photo taken in 2014," Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for Trump's reelection campaign, tweeted. "As in, during the Obama Administration. Don't bother looking for their tweet - it's been deleted."

House Dems to hold hearing next week on treatment of migrant children

House Dems to hold hearing next week on treatment of migrant children The House Oversight Committee has scheduled a hearing next week to hear testimony from Trump administration officials about the separation and treatment of immigrant children at the southern border.House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has invited Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan to testify at a hearing on July 12. Neither have confirmed their appearance, according to the committee. "The Trump Administration's actions at the southern border are grotesque and dehumanizing," Cummings said in a statement Tuesday.

The hearing , called “ Kids in Cages : Inh On Wednesday, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee will “hold a hearing examining how the Trump Administration’s deterrence policies are creating a humanitarian crisis and jeopardizing the health and safety of the migrant children and

Several 2014 photos of detained immigrant children resurfaced and went viral in May. Former Obama administration officials tried to explain the context behind the photos , which appeared to show migrant kids locked up in cages . Recent photos of Trump administration detainment centers look the same.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) accused the committee of misleading Americans, adding that people would not "forget this deceitful action."

"You all know that's a picture from 2014, right? Remind us who was President then," the House Oversight Committee Republicans tweeted from their official account.

The criticism came after the Oversight Committee's official Twitter account promoted a Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee hearing for Wednesday that was said to focus on "kids in cages" and the "inhumane treatment at the border."

The image accompanying the post featured migrants lying on the floor in cages. But as lawmakers and the Trump campaign pointed out, the photo was taken in 2014, during the Obama administration.

Doctors share migrant children's haunting drawings: 'These children coming into our country need a voice'

Doctors share migrant children's haunting drawings: 'These children coming into our country need a voice' Drawings by migrant children show families behind bars in telling images of their experience at U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention center

Reporters who visited a migrant detention centre in Texas say they saw 20 children in one enclosure. Former First Lady Laura Bush has compared it to the internment camps used for "Those kids inside who have been separated from their parents are already being traumatised

“ Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages . The photograph in question began to circulate online over the weekend, shared by Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau and activists Shaun King and Linda Sarsour, among others.

The Associated Press reported in 2018 that the news service took the photo in 2014, adding that liberal activists had shared Obama-era images that year to showcase the Trump administration's immigration policy.

The House Oversight Committee deleted the tweet shortly after it was promoted.

A Democratic aide to the committee said in a statement to The Hill that "the photo was an error, and it has been removed," but defended the Obama Administration's treatment of migrant families at the border.

"But there is simply no comparison between the actions of the Obama Administration and the Trump Administration," the aide continued. "The Obama Administration did not separate children from their families and create dehumanizing conditions as a way to deter immigration and asylum, which is the stated policy of the Trump Administration."

"The Obama Administration separated children only in an extremely small number of cases when there was a true danger to the child's safety."

Drawings by Migrant Children Depict Conditions In Border Patrol Detention Facilities

Drawings by Migrant Children Depict Conditions In Border Patrol Detention Facilities In one drawing, five people lie in a cage covered by blankets while guards man the exits . In another, five stick figures stand inside a cage, while guards watch from the other side. The drawings were sent to the incoming president of the AAP, Dr. Sara Goza, by an unidentified mental health clinician and social worker specializing in Latino child trauma, the academy says. The AAP tells TIME that the three drawings were created by a 10-year-old Guatemalan boy, an 11-year-old Guatemalan child and a third child identified only as 10 years old.

The Customs and Border Protection cages are used to temporarily house children who are apprehended at the border. Within days, the children are supposed to be transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Office of Refugee Resettlement, a subagency of

‘The Hill’ Uses Obama-Era Photo of Caged Kids On Story About Trump Detention Centers. In an exclusive interview with Fox News commentator, Tucker Carlson, President Trump slammed Democrat policies that have led to inaction on rampant homelessness and filth in some American cities .

The Trump administration has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks over the treatment of migrants at detention facilities near the U.S.-Mexico border.

A report released from the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog found "dangerous overcrowding" and "prolonged detention of children and adults" at facilities in the Rio Grande Valley.

The House Oversight Committee on Wednesday announced that it would hold additional hearings on the separation of immigrant children on the southern border.

--Updated 5:58 p.m.

Smithsonian interested in obtaining migrant children's drawings depicting their time in US custody.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has inquired about obtaining disturbing drawings by migrant children that depict figures with sad faces behind bars. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "The museum has a long commitment to telling the complex and complicated history of the United States and to documenting that history as it unfolds," according to a statement from the museum to CNN.

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