Fox News host Tucker Carlson told viewers Tuesday the real story behind a viral video that showed an illegal immigrant mother being ripped away from her kids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The video shows a woman being pulled away from her three screaming daughters as ICE orders her to get into a van. Media outlets ran with the “upsetting” video, focusing their headlines on the idea that the woman was unfairly being taken from her kids.
The Washington Post, for example, wrote, “Dramatic video shows Border Patrol agents pulling woman away from her screaming children,” while the Los Angeles Times said, “Video of woman being pulled away from her daughters in immigration arrest sparks anger.”
CBS News similarly claimed, “Video of woman’s immigration arrest sparks outcry, response from Border Patrol.”
However, there is much more to the story than what is shown in the video.
As Carlson reported on his show, the ICE agents made a targeted arrest based on suspicions that the woman was involved in a human trafficking ring.
“A key detail is being left out,” The Daily Caller co-founder explained. “The woman in that video…isn’t some random illegal alien pulled off the street by those cowboys. She’s suspected by the feds of organizing a human trafficking operation.”
“I don’t know if I’ve seen coverage as dishonest as this in a long time,” he continued. “I mean, this is the definition of propaganda.”
Mark Krikorian from the Center for Immigration Studies agreed, stating, “They knew that this woman was involved in a smuggling ring and they saw her out, they tried to get in touch with her before and she didn’t respond and, apparently, when they confronted her in the street she tried to flee.”