The narratives surrounding the 2-year-old girl photographed crying at the U.S.-Mexico border have imploded so completely that it couldn't possibly get more embarrassing, right? Wrong. A later segment of CBS's This Morning revealed that young Yanela Denise Hernandez's mother, Sandra Sanchez, was deported in 2013.
This new information apparently surfaced shortly after This Morning's 7:30 a.m. Friday report covered by Kyle Drennen at NewsBusters.
Even though I separately noted yesterday that Getty Images photographer John Moore has been careful in describing his photo at his Instagram posts, Drennan crucially noted that he is "okay" with how it being used to manipulate the public's emotions, because he was able to "make people feel."
DAVID BEGNAUD, CBS NEWS: So we have more information about where the mother and daughter are being kept right now. They are currently in the custody of ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and they are being housed at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.
Now ICE tells us in this statement that immigration proceedings are ongoing.
You should also know this: ICE says on June 3, 2013, the mother who you just saw in that story was encountered, detained, and arrested by immigration officials in Hebbronville, Texas. She was transferred to ICE custody in 2013 and deported to Honduras. And so they're saying this is now her second time coming into the country illegally.
Again, she and the daughter are together, and the Border Patrol says (that) at no point were they ever separated — not in the custody of Border Patrol, and ICE is saying they haven't been separated in our custody.
We have not been able to talk to the mother. We can only go by what the government officials are telling us.
IN-STUDIO HOST: Thank you very much.
It's not surprising that Sandra Sanchez isn't talking. According to her husband in a Thursday UK Daily Mail interview, she hasn't spoken with him or her other three children since she left without even saying goodbye a month ago.
Begnaud failed to mention the husband and children Sandra Sanchez left behind in both his early and later reports. He also didn't note the husband's claim that she paid a "coyote" $6,000 for her journey.
Given the collection of facts and circumstances, we can now understand why Sandra Sanchez didn't go to a designated port of entry to claim asylum status. That she allegedly used a "coyote" would also indicate that she had no intention of seeking asylum unless caught, and was instead trying to enter the U.S undetected.
As someone proud of making people "feel" and playing a part in creating what has now been shown to be a false sense of compassion, one has to wonder how John Moore feels about a woman who willfully endangers a two-year-old girl by taking her on a month-long, 1,400-mile trip through harsh terrain, hot weather, and otherwise dangerous surroundings to a place from which she has already been deported. All of us have compassion for the little girl, but not because of any flaws present in U.S. immigration policy.
The four-minute video discussing Sanchez's deportation was still present at CBS's website at 6 p.m. ET, but the text article there didn't mention it.
Meanwhile, Time has issued a major correction, conveniently buried at the bottom of its lengthy, photo-filled article:
Despite the correction, Time has no regrets about its deceptive cover:
Translation: "The story behind our cover is messed up beyond all recognition, but the cover is still great." This is why Time's corporate parent disappeared, and why another round of layoffs is likely before current owner Meredith Corp.'s expected unloading of Time and other old Time Inc. properties in the fall.
Stelter's linked Washington Post story confirms that Sandra Sanchez was deported in 2013.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.