CNN’s Report On ICE Arresting ‘Breastfeeding Mother’ Debunked


On Monday, fake news CNN aired a “report” that claimed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested a “breastfeeding mother” who had her four-month-old daughter with her.

CNN got in high dudgeon over the arrest of this “breastfeeding mother” and attacked ICE for being cruel. But it turned out that the woman was apparently a liar — and so was CNN. A medical exam proved she wasn’t even lactating and likely did not just give birth only our months ago.

According to Daily Caller:

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A CNN article told the story of Maria Domingo-Garcia, a mother of three of who was among the 680 illegal aliens apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier in August. Domingo-Garcia was arrested while working at a Koch Foods in Morton, Mississippi, and is currently being held in a facility in Jena, Louisiana.

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Titled “A breastfeeding mom is still being held in an ICE facility 12 days after being detained, attorneys say,” the article centered around Domingo-Garcia’s separation from her four-month-old daughter, and the subsequent pain of not being able to breastfeed anymore. CNN spoke to Domingo-Garcia’s attorneys, Juliana Manzanarez and Ybarra Maldonado, both whom claimed that she was still breastfeeding her baby at the time of her arrest.

CNN added, that this supposed mother “is still really depressed. She is in a lot of pain because of not being able to pump or breastfeed.”

However, even the CNN story had to admit that the woman answered “no” when ICE asked her if she was breastfeeding when they picked her up.

Now, after CNN went big with this fake news, ICE reports that a medical exam undermined this woman’s story.

In a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, not only did ICE reiterate that Doming-Garcia said “no” when first asked if she was breastfeeding upon arrival at an ICE facility, but a spokesperson revealed that a subsequent medical examination found that she was not even lactating.

“All ICE detainees receive medical, dental and mental health intake screening within 12 hours of arriving at each detention facility; that screening includes a woman being asked if she is breast feeding. During her initial medical screening, Ms. Domingo-Garcia answered no to that question,” said ICE spokesman Bryan Cox.

“Any suggestion that ICE does not give significant consideration to humanitarian factors when making arrest and custody determinations would be a patently false claim,” ICE added in it response to the Daily Caller.

How much you want to bet that DNA tests prove she isn’t even the mother of the kids she was claiming?

Time will tell.

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