Thomas Gallatin / February 20, 2017

Immigration: The Real and Fake News

AP runs a factually inaccurate story, revealing its own rampantly anti-Trump bias.

Last Friday, the Associated Press ran a story with the following headline, “Trump weighs mobilizing Nat Guard for immigration round up.” The article based this accusation on a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal memo it had obtained, which, the AP claimed, amounted to Donald Trump considering a mobilization of upwards of 100,000 National Guard troops to enforce the mass round up of illegal immigrants in at least 11 states. Predictably, the social media world went into hysterics, with some suggesting this had the familiar shades of the Nazis. Conveniently, the AP failed to link to the memo it was referencing.

DHS responded to the story stating, “The report referenced by the AP was a very early, pre-decisional draft that never made it to the secretary.” The DHS also emphasized that the draft was “never seriously considered.” It never made it to Trump’s desk or even Secretary John Kelly’s. But the AP’s reporting on the document was itself factually inaccurate. The document never mentions “deportations” nor does it suggest a “nationalizing” of the National Guard, it never suggests 100,000 troops — or any number for that matter. In summary, the AP story was wrong on both the contextual significance of the memo and its actual content.

A word to the AP: Try the novel concept of waiting for Trump to actually sign a new executive order before presenting as fact what amounts to mere speculative gossip. Trump plans on signing a new immigration enforcement order this week. CBS’s John Dickerson was right to conclude that the American public’s distrust of the mainstream media is not the fault of Trump, but is of their own doing.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.