The Truth Behind Viral Photo Of “Immigrant Child” Crying Inside A ‘Cage’

We learnt a new word today (courtesy of Jim Quinn’s Burning Platform blog), and it describes perfectly the current state of the ‘weaponized’ liberal media –

Calumnythe making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone’s reputation.

And that is what we are seeing.

A photo of a little boy crying in a cage is being shared on social media as seemingly another heart-rending byproduct of the White House’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which separates undocumented parents and kids at the border.

But as CNN reports (yes CNN, but we will get back to that), there’s only one problemThe picture is being completely taken out of context — and does not show what it is purported to show.

Many of those sharing it claim the image depicts a boy detained by ICE under the new Trump administration policy of referring all people who cross the border illegally for criminal prosecution.

Among them was journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas who posted the photo last week on Twitter, saying: “This is what happens when a government believes people are ‘illegal’. Kids in cages.”

And that has been ‘favorited’ 38,000 times (and 10,000 more on Facebook)… but it’s a lie.

As CNN is forced to admitthe picture was actually taken during a June 10 protest against White House immigration policies at Dallas City Hall, as first reported by fact-checking site Snopes.

Other Facebook photos from the protest, organized by the Texas chapter of the Brown Berets de Cemanahuac, a Latino advocacy group, show the same boy outside the cage as activists hold signs urging the White House to “stop separating families.”

Leroy Pena, head of the Brown Berets’ Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, took two pictures of the caged crying boy and posted them on Facebook with the caption: “This was part of our protest yesterday, but this is actually going on right now, at this very moment, in child detention centers throughout the country.” The post was later deleted, but a version is still on the Wayback Machine.

The reality of the situation was, as Pena told CNN, that the toddler was following his older sibling, who took part in the Dallas cage protest along with other teens…

“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.”

Vargas later said he realized the photo of the boy in the cage was misleading but defended his right to share it to make a point.

“Telling me that I shouldn’t post an image that, as it happened, was from a protest that staged what is actually happening at the border is like saying actors shouldn’t portray characters and situations based in real life,” he wrote on Twitter. “This is not a ’cause’ for me. This is real.”

So even after CNN attempted – rightly – to set the story straight on the viral photo of the young boy ‘stuck in a cage crying with no mom in sight’ they still manage to add just enough fake news an innuendo to their story in order that you come away forgetting that were misled at all.

Calumny, indeed!! It’s the only tactic they have.


  1. This is inexcusable… I am a supporter of Donald Trump and fake news has done everything in their power to destroy what he is trying to do for us. I hope he gets re-elected and drives them all crazy.

    1. Acts like this (fake news with an agenda) should be reason for the F.C.C. to take a strong look at the stations pushing this propaganda on the public. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

  2. Nobody has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. Thank you Lord for pictures and documentation. I am sickened by the hate and lies.

    We need to build the wall now and secure our country.

  3. What do you expect from these weirdos, look at his name and it shows how important it is to them to flood the USA with all these illegal immigrants/criminals. Obumhead did a real job on this country and will take many years to repair his taking down of America.

  4. This was a staged photo op. And it shows that a child may be crying for any number of reasons. It is the parents who create these situations that should be ashamed of what they have caused.

  5. Barbara Jean, Bernadette, and Ronnie have clearly never been mothers, or they would not accept having peoples’ babies ripped from their mothers and put all alone into concentration camps for political ends.

    If they have any children themselves, they should think this through a little more carefully with an eye towards basic human decency. Try to imagine what these children are going through.

    1. dick bentley, This whole thing is ma farce and drummed up by the media. Have you not been researching this BS??? You should, and right now. Back when Bill Clinton was POTUS congress passed an immigration law that included a number of policies in it. One of those policies was what to do about children being brought in by parents or others while the illegal alien parents were awaiting the hearing in jail. The law was intended to protect children from the harsh environment of a jail cell. The children would be placed in a safe environment, food, clothing, etc.. until the parents had their hearing which could take months. When an American citizen with a family commits a crime we do not allow the children to be placed in jail with the criminal parent. The same thing applies here. Children should not be in jail with their parents, that would be inhumane and cruel. This is not something Trump started, it is a good policy to protect children. The media has messed with every ones heads and lied through their teeth. You should be ashamed not researching these stories before making a judgement call. ABC was going to run a story in 2014 concerning this same topic, and their are pictures, 100’s of them that were taken by an ABC reporter. ABC sat on the story and never aired it to protect Obama from what is happening now. The ABC story and pictures can be found on you tube if you want to get to the truth. People need to quit allowing the media to lead them around by the nose.

    2. Everyone is blaming the US and POTUS, but missing the real issue. Perpetrators creating problem for children is the parents! They know the law but continue to bring children as their get in for free card, or send their own children alone, or worse, with an unknown or smuggler. Parents with children should automatically get sent to back of legal entry line. Children with no parent or no legitimate parent should be put on a bus heading south along with smuggler. This is most honest, compassionate way to handle the issue. Children should not be put through a frightening, unknown situation created by a parent.Where’s the parent’s compassion??

  6. Hard to believe that so called educated politicians ( mainly demoRats) are conned, scammed and led to the slaughter by mostly uneducated illegal aliens into believing all of these fake stories and lies. If parents do not want to be separated from their kids they need to STAY IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. This is the United Stated of American and President Trump is trying to keep it that way. Check your history and see why so many countered failed. Could it be they were overran by others than their own citizens?
    Someone needs to check and see who is financing this who scam.

  7. The liberal-left want to make this country and open Society with no borders that means you have take down the walls and fences around your property let anybody in doesn’t matter who they are when you start doing that they start taking over they rape our daughters they kill her husband’s they kill our sons this is insanity this country is our neighborhood our home we deserve to protect it from foreign Intruders what is the problem if they want to invite illegal immigrants let them stay in their house do you think policy and it is democratic Congressman will have them in their home I don’t think so they have security to protect them what do we have each other we need to take care of each other we are all Americans living in one big neighborhood and the borders are our brick walls and fences you want to come into our neighborhood coming through the front door don’t jump over my wall to ask for help God Bless America and God bless all our family in this beautiful country and have a nice day

  8. The people who publish this crap should be arrested for the false hood used to deceive people who are too stupid to realize that this is not what is happening and those who create this crap and promote it are the ones who should be locked in a cage. Those separated from their parents are separated because the parents are illegals who tried to take advantage of our country using their children as pawns—but now they are caught and need to be deported. They should be allowed to take their family with them back to their own country.

  9. I am a mother of FOUR and I would never send or take my child on a trip that would endanger their lives or cause them to be in a detention center. It is the parents that are to blame for endangering their children by sending them to the US or trying to smuggle them in. Foolish actions by the parents, not the US government nor Trump causes detention. We elected Trump to build a wall and KEEP OUT ILLEGALS, and that is what we expect to happen.

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