On Tuesday, Breitbart published a piece titled, “2,139 DACA Recipients Convicted or Accused of Crimes Against Americans”. The piece sources previous articles by Breitbart, and used a photograph of gmembers of the gang MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, in El Salvador, to depict DACA recipients in the United States. Twitter user @_Almaqah took to the social media platform to point out the misuse of the picture:
Breitbart is using a Getty photo of MS-13 members in El Salvaor to talk about DACA recipients in the U.S. because it is a racist hate site pic.twitter.com/hGr5s4NyRX
— Almaqah (@_Almaqah) September 5, 2017
Breitbart seems to have subsequently changed the picture used for the piece to one of a person being handcuffed by a detective:
Where is our compassion!???? https://t.co/X9iLwxO6QU
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 6, 2017
In addition to the site using the original photo to further a false pretense that immigrants in the United States illegally are dangerous criminals, reporter John Binder described the piece’s count of 2,139 (approximately 0.26% of the more than 800,000 DACA recipients) as “staggering”.
The DACA program is receiving widespread attention this week, due to the announcement that President Trump will end it after a six-month delay to give Congress time to pass legislation. Ending the program without legislation in place would jeopardize the lives of DACA recipients and make them eligible for deportation.