The Washington Post Buried Some Very Important Information In Its Sad Deportation Story


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The Washington Post took aim at President Donald Trump’s enforcement of immigration law Thursday, publishing a report with a deceptive headline and burying the mitigating information deep within the article.

“He Went To ICE To Tell Agents He Had Gotten Into College. Now He And His Brother Have Been Deported” read the article’s headline. The report’s first 10 paragraphs are dedicated to explaining how two brothers, both model citizens with clean criminal records, could be so callously deported “in what their attorney says was the fastest deportation process he has ever seen.”

It wasn’t until the 11th paragraph that the report revealed:

They were issued a final order of removal by an immigration judge in 2012. That’s why they were removed,” [Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Matthew] Bourke said. The brothers were granted a stay of removal in 2013, but subsequent applications for stays were denied.

“Lizandro Claros Saravia, 19, is a standout soccer player who had secured a scholarship to play college soccer in North Carolina. His brother, Diego, 22, took extra classes to graduate from Quince Orchard High School on time and ‘has a heart of gold,’ a former teacher said,” WaPo’s Rachel Chason begins her report.

The brothers have “have no criminal records and would not have been a priority for deportation by the Obama administration.” Both were detained after a “regular check-in” with ICE, and put on a plane back to San Salvador on Wednesday, according to Chason.

The report both frames the deportation of illegal aliens as though it violates American immigration law, and syncs the brothers’ deportations with President Donald Trump’s Wednesday announcement of a Senate bill to curtail immigration.

Chason highlights a tweet from Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland:

The brothers arrived to the U.S. illegally in 2009. Chason writes that, “in contrast” to former President Barack Obama, who was reluctant to enforce immigration law, Trump has made it known that “any undocumented immigrant is subject to being expelled from this country.”

The law states that The U.S. can deport foreign nationals who “come to the U.S. without travel documents.”

No one will dispute the sad aspects of this story, but it’s only one side of another possible unhappy outcome. Ignoring national immigration law can have the disastrous consequence of encouraging more illegal immigration.

In the summer of 2014, a wave of mostly children illegal immigrants created a crisis-level humanitarian emergency  at the U.S. border, prompting Border Patrol Deputy Chief Ronald D. Vitiello to write in a May 2014 memo: “If the U.S. government fails to deliver adequate consequences to deter aliens from attempting to illegally enter the U.S., the result will be an even greater increase in the rate of recidivism and first-time illicit entries.”

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