Breitbart Uses Picture of Gang Members in El Salvador to Depict DACA Recipients

@_Almaqah on Twitter

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 seems to have subsequently changed the picture used for the piece to one of a person being handcuffed by a detective:

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.

Written by David Grossman

David Grossman is a Managing Editor of Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board. Follow him on Twitter @JustDKG.

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