A picture is worth a thousand words but sometimes needs an explanation. That is absolutely the case of a photograph taken on June 10 during a demonstration outside of Dallas City Hall. A two-year-old boy followed his brother during the demonstration, and the poor kid got confused.
The Texas chapter of the Brown Berets de Cemanahuac — the group behind the protest — posted several photos of the event to Facebook with some images showing a portable cage with protesters holding up signs.
According to one of the photos from the event, the same boy depicted standing inside the cage in the viral photo stood outside of it.
Leroy Pena, the leader of the Brown Berets’ group, told CNN the toddler was not in the cage that long and had tried to follow his older sibling who took part in the Dallas protest.
“He got confused on how to get out (of the cage) and cried when he saw his mother,” Pena said. “He was only in there about 30 seconds.”
That did not stop an illegal immigrant activist from tweeting the photo with no context added regarding the photo’s origin.
This is what happens when a government believes people are “illegal.”
Kids in cages. pic.twitter.com/OAnvr9cl3P
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) June 12, 2018
This, of course, was used as a rallying cry by those with Trump Derangement Syndrome to attack the man and his administration for canceling DACA and enforcing the laws on the books. The sentiment from the left is that Trump can fix all border problems with an executive order (after all, that’s what Obama did).
The truth is immigration laws are Congress’s responsibility. The current ones that are causing all of the angst because those caught crossing the border illegally can request to be deported, and they are known to leave their children behind, were actually put into place in 1997 and 2008.
Of course, those who are repeating the narrative do not want to hear that. Just as Vargas refuses to retract the photo even though its use was done completely out of context.