Media misleading headline, again: “Hundreds of Migrants Sent Back to El Salvador by the U.S. Were Killed or Abused”

This story was published with the above headline by People magazine on February 6.

The subheadline: “The Human Rights Watch has identified 138 Salvadorans who were killed and another 70 who face abuse after deportation.”

Gee, wouldn’t one automatically interpret – due to the lack of dates – that this happened under President Trump’s watch? Of course they would. That is the sole reason for the framing of this headline.

Yet the first couple paragraphs start out as such:

Over the last seven years hundreds of Salvadoran migrants and asylum seekers have been killed or abused after they were deported from the United States, according to a report this week by Human Rights Watch.

The organization identified 138 deported Salvadorans who were killed between 2013 and 2019 and another 70 cases in this time period where “deportees were subjected to sexual violence, torture, and other harm, usually at the hands of gangs, or who went missing following their return.”

Apparently the US is to blame for the horrible conditions in El Salvador:

U.S. authorities knew or should have known they were going to return these people to harm,” Alison Leal Parker, a managing director of the Human Rights Watch’s U.S. program, told The Washington Post. “Therefore they should not have done it.

You know what’s coming next: #OrangeManBad:

Trump campaigned on reducing both legal and illegal immigration.

“As asylum and immigration policies tighten in the United States and dire security problems continue in El Salvador, the US is repeatedly violating its obligations to protect Salvadorans from return to serious risk of harm,” the Human Rights Watch report states.”

Finally, we get to the actual dates of these atrocities occurring El Salvador:

Between 2014 and 2018, the U.S. granted asylum to 18.2 percents of its Salvadoran applicants — the lowest rate in the region. The U.S. also deported a total of 111,000 Salvadorans in that same time period.

And here’s the kicker at the very end of the article (as if People magazine readers even make it that far):

“El Salvador has one of the highest rates of homicide and sexual violence in the world.”

There’s a reason why the media deserves the title of #FakeNews.

DCG

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