The Washington Post drew criticism on Monday night for describing a child detention center under the Biden administration as a “migrant facility for children” after pushing the “kids in cages” narrative when covering the Trump administration.
The piece, titled “First migrant facility for children opens under Biden,” reports on the first opened migrant detention center for children under the new administration, which used to be a man camp for oil field workers, according to the Post.
“The emergency facility — a vestige of the Trump administration that was open for only a month in summer 2019 — is being reactivated to hold up to 700 children ages 13 to 17,” the report said.
“Government officials say the camp is needed because facilities for migrant children have had to cut capacity by nearly half because of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border has been inching up, with January reporting the highest total — more than 5,700 apprehensions — for that month in recent years.”
First migrant facility for children opens under Biden https://t.co/ADgQxIlMYU
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 23, 2021
The Post also painted the place in a positive light.
“At the 66-acre site, groups of beige trailers encircle a giant white dining tent, a soccer field and a basketball court. There is a bright blue hospital tent with white bunk beds inside. A legal services trailer has the Spanish word ‘Bienvenidos,’ or welcome, on a banner on its roof. There are trailers for classrooms, a barber shop, a hair salon. The facility has its own ambulances and firetrucks, as well as its own water supply,” the report reads. “The most colorful trailer is at the entryway, where flowers, butterflies and handmade posters still hang on its walls from Carrizo’s first opening in 2019.”
The report did point to Biden’s promise to move away from the way Trump handled immigration policies and one critic who said the newly opened facility contradicts the president’s vow.
Biden vs. Trump: The report is a stark contrast to how the Post and most of the mainstream media covered the Trump administration’s detention centers for migrant children.
“The American tradition of caging children,” and “The real reason we’re locking children in cages,” and “Viewing US border cells derided as ‘cages,’ Central American officials pledge more immigration cooperation,” are some of the headlines that the publication has written during Trump’s presidency.
Even in September 2020, the Post’s editorial board wrote: “The tableaux of caged migrant children, torn from their parents’ arms, should be among the most enduring images produced by the president’s policies.”
Critics on social media called out the Washington Post for changing tune now that Biden is in the White House. Some progressives also weighed in, saying they do not support Biden’s move.
If you want to read something creepy, check out the propagandistic attempt by the WPost to make these “migrant facility for children” (not cages!) sound like a fun, joyous summer camp (even as immigration activists bitterly complain that Trump used it). https://t.co/k93zkilBfD pic.twitter.com/ErVO9Wj3vM
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 23, 2021
A what for what now? https://t.co/6msOiRGCTd
— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) February 23, 2021
Kids in cages is now “migrant facility for children.” https://t.co/AcfgIwFI1m
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 23, 2021
There are many grotesque and criminal things on our side of the aisle too. https://t.co/SqjKlt3Ucj
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) February 23, 2021
— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) February 23, 2021
Concentration camp expansion under a Democrat administration. https://t.co/htHwZ7unQ5
— Donate to Texas #MutualAid Groups (@_SemaHernandez_) February 23, 2021
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