On Wednesday many news outlets were forced to withdraw reports lamenting the number of migrant children detained by U.S. officials following their emergence.
Independent journalist Manfred Nowak told reporters at a Tuesday press conference before the United Nations Global Report on the Deprivacy of Liberty that “the United States still has over 100,000 children detained on the grounds of migration.” Nowak also told AFP that “the total number actually being detained is 103,000.” Democrats in the House Home Security Committee immediately grabbed the data, tweetering, “These statistics are shocking. The Tromp administration’s policy of child separation is inhuman and shameful.”
“I… don’t think it’s exact,” BuzzFeed’s Hamed Aleaziz tweeted.
“It’s not valid,” tweeted American Immigration Council attorney Aaron Reichlin-Melnick. “Actually, there are[ around] 1,500 children in family detention, plus[ around] 5 000 children in refugee shelters… I’m puzzled by this statement.” AFP announced in a retraction released on Wednesday that it was shaking its tale.
“The author of the report has clarified that his statistics do not indicate the number of children currently in U.S. migration custody, but the overall number of children in US migration custody in 2015,” the wire service tweeted.
This report was deleted by AFP.
The report’s author has explained that its estimates do not reflect the number of children in US detention related to migration but the overall number of children in US detention related to migration in 2015.
We’re going to delete the clip. Reuters soon retracted the book https:/t.co/p30UjEWl7u—AFP news agency (@AFP) November 19, 2019: “A story titled’ The U.S. has the world’s highest rate of children in prison,’ the United Nations published a statement on Nov. 19 stating the number was not current, but 2015. No substitution story is to be published.’
In the unfortunate timing Reuters retracted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) within minutes, who quoted his story on Twitter.
“America leads the world under Trump to lock up little children, including 100,000 kids at the border,” said Sanders. He deleted the tweet later.
Alex is a Washington Free Beacon staff writer. He graduated from Notre Dame University in 2012. He was a news blogger and daily caller before joining the Free Beacon. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he currently lives in Washington, D.C. Sadly.