CNN Reports ICE Detained 'Nursing' Mother, But Medical Records Contradict Claim
Mother of three was apprehended in August while working in Mississippi
CNN's recent report claiming Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) apprehended a 'nursing' mother of a 4-month-old baby may not be entirely accurate, according to reports.
ICE has a long history of releasing captured illegals under specific humanitarian requirements; one of them is when they are breastfeeding their children.
According to CNN, the mother of three was apprehended in August while working in Mississippi.
CNN's title was:
“A breastfeeding mom is still being held in an ICE facility 12 days after being detained, attorneys say.”
“Maria Domingo-Garcia left for work 12 days ago, and she hasn’t been home… The mother of three has been separated from her 4-month-old daughter — who she still breastfeeds — since being picked up during a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at Koch Foods in Morton, Mississippi.”
“When a woman is breastfeeding, her body continues to produce milk that needs to be expressed, or it can cause pain and swelling."
"In a video posted online by The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, Domingo-Garcia’s husband tried to bottle-feed the crying infant as he explained that he has friends in the area but no family to help care for the children.”
One of the lawyers representing Domingo-Garcia, Juliana Manzanarez said her client “is in a lot of pain because of not being able to pump or breastfeed.”
Domingo-Garcia’s other attorney, Ybarra Maldonado, claimed ICE hadn't asked her “not even one time — if she’s been breastfeeding.”
But ICE said it had a medical report showing that at the time of Doming-Garcia's apprehension, she wasn't even lactating.
As per The Daily Caller, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said:
“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 breastfeeding," he said.
"During her initial medical screening, Ms. Domingo-Garcia answered no to that question.”
Following CNN's report, ICE ordered another medical exam, which concluded Domingo-Garcia is not lactating.
Neither CNN nor Silverman responded to our request for comment, and there has not been any corrections or updates to the article to date.
According to ICE, CNN's story was also wrongly reported Domingo-Garcia’s country of origin as Guatemala, when she was a Mexican national.
CNN has seen its ratings plummet even further in 2019 as one of its recent decisions has also brought its credibility into question.
While Fox News averaged 1.3 million viewers in the second quarter ratings for cable shows, CNN saw well below half of that with 541,000 total viewers.
The gap in primetime was even more pronounced, with Fox News as number one and CNN in 15th place, averaging 761,000 viewers to Fox’s 2.4 million.
According to Forbes, CNN’s second-quarter viewership average was 18 percent lower than in 2018.