Wednesday, December 1, 2021

They Tried It: Breitbart Uses Pic of MS-13 Gangsters in El Salvador for DACA Article

*Right wing website Breitbart News got caught using a photo of MS-13 gang members in the capital of El Salvador along with its article accusing the left of being soft on DACA recipients.

Titled “2,139 DACA Recipients Convicted or Accused of Crimes Against Americans,” the article falsely claims that those who benefit from DACA are “un-vetted,” as pointed out by

The website also points out how Breitbart listed examples of “un-vetted” DACA recipients, but notes that each one is portrayed in a manner contrary to the facts of their case. Below is an example


Garcia-Cisneros was never convicted of murder. The author actually says what the woman was convicted of first, but leaves the reader with the impression that it was something else by saying “murder” at the end. The site also provides no context to the case: The woman drove through a pile of leaves, not knowing the girls were playing in it. Her conviction came from not returning to the scene — which she says she would have done if she’d known she hit anyone. The case was so weak against her that the little girls’ parents pleaded with the judge to be lenient on the young woman, and she was sentenced only to probation.

What’s more, because she was actually convicted of any crime, she was immediately disqualified from DACA. She spent nearly a year in a combination of jail and immigration holding centers, which clearly is more than her sentence even called for. The Oregonian reported on the case extensively three years ago.

Breitbart goes on to list eleven more completely misrepresented examples. It seems, though, that they became a little self-conscious after it went public that they were using the MS-13 image to paint DACA recipients in an unflattering light; the site has changed the featured image on their DACA article to one of a white man being arrested on the Las Vegas strip — the same image they used for an article about Kyle Seerden, the Seal Team 1 member who stands accused on child pornography charges.



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