- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Democratic-led House Oversight and Reform Committee deleted tweets this week that used Obama-era photos of border detention facilities in an effort to slam President Trump’s treatment of illegal immigrants.

“Last week, members of our committee visited a detention center at the southern border and discovered grotesque treatment of children,” the committee wrote Tuesday in a now-deleted tweet, according to a screenshot obtained by the Washington Examiner. “This week, we are examining the inhumane treatment of the children in these detention centers.”

The tweet included a picture taken during the Obama administration in 2014 by Associated Press photojournalist Ross D. Franklin, which showed detainees sleeping in a holding cell at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Arizona.

Another tweet by the committee that also used the 2014 photo criticized Mr. Trump for “grotesque” and “dehumanizing” policies at the border. That tweet was also deleted after the Twitter accounts for the Oversight and Reform Committee Republicans and Mr. Trump’s reelection campaign pointed out the error.

A committee aide on the Democratic side confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the tweets had been removed.

“The photo was an error, and it has been removed. But there is simply no comparison between the actions of the Obama administration and the Trump administration,” the aide said. “The Obama administration did not separate children from their families and create dehumanizing conditions as a way to deter immigration and asylum, which is the stated policy of the Trump administration. The Obama administration separated children only in an extremely small number of cases when there was a true danger to the child’s safety.”

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