CNN host Brooke Baldwin had border patrol agent and National Border Patrol Council Spokesman Chris Cabrera on for an interview Wednesday. She was clearly looking to make the men and women who police our border look bad. Instead, Cabrera shed light on the reality of the situation of the Southern border. He exposed the false information being spread by the mainstream media.
The segment was started off by Baldwin playing alleged audio of border patrol agents making jokes at the expense of the children in custody. Cabrera pointed out these agents may have been making light of an extremely tough situation, but would need more context on the interview.
"I don't think everybody understands what's happening down here. You know, a lot of these kids that are coming here, and put through terrible, terrible situations by their parents; they are brought over in extremely dangerous conditions, in extremely dangerous terrain, and all this can be avoided if they just go through the port of entry. There would be no crime committed by them and they wouldn't get separated. Why they don't do this is beyond me," explained Cabrera, before adding, "As we all know, when you get arrested, you don't get to stay with your family."
Baldwin also claimed that President Trump is doing something very different from the Obama administration by separating families at the border. This was proven false by Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire:
In 1997, the federal government made an agreement in a case called Flores not to keep unaccompanied illegal immigrant children in custody beyond twenty days. The settlement said nothing about accompanied illegal immigrant children – children who crossed the border with their parents. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals then ruled that accompanied children also could not be held in custody under the terms of the settlement. This meant that the government either had to release whole families, or that the government had to separate parents from children.
No matter how hard the media tries, sometimes the facts get out. It's good to get a real account of what's going down at the border, from someone on the scene.