Nets Glorify Activists Who Obstructed ICE Raids, Interfered With Deportations

NewsBusters | 7/23/2019 | Staff
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Almost two weeks after they showed their viewers how to evade Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on their evening newscasts, ABC, CBS, and NBC marveled at their work Tuesday night as they celebrated the activists who obstructed ICE raids last week.

CBS Evening News’s floundering new anchor, Norah O’Donnell, appeared to mock ICE for only arresting 35 of the over 2,000 with deportation orders signed by judges. “Adriana Diaz explains why the number of arrests is far lower than the President promised,” she chided as if it was a failure of President Trump.

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“Activists informed undocumented immigrants of their rights and stepped in to intervene. On Monday, in Nashville, when local residents saw their neighbor being targeted by ICE, they formed a human chain around his van, allowing him and his son to run into their home,” boasted Diaz.

After recalling how one illegal immigrant “barricaded himself in his own home,” Diaz touted that “some [ICE] agents were even under surveillance which also impeded arrests.”

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The human chain that blocked ICE officials was a hot topic over on ABC’s World News Tonight, where sensationalist anchor David Muir hyped it up as a “flashpoint”:

And we turn next this evening to an immigration flashpoint. Tonight, the images from one Nashville neighborhood where ICE had arrived. Neighbors then forming a human chain to try to protect a father, his young son right there. This lasted for hours.

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“What you're looking at is neighbors working together to keep ICE out and protect residents who feel afraid in their own homes,” bragged ABC correspondent Steve Osunsami. “Near Nashville, they formed this human chain, successfully blocking two ICE agents from taking away a father who’s lived here for the last 14 years. He and his son were hiding inside the white van.”

Osunsami continued to boast of “similar scenes are playing out...
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