Fact-checked: Viral photo of boy in cage a FAKE

There’s been a viral photo of a little boy in a cage with other kids that’s been going around, and it’s being claimed that this is what is happening at the border:

You remember Vargas right? He’s the illegal alien celebrity on the left and he’s the one who tweeted this.



He admitted that he didn’t know the source of the photo and that he’d found it on facebook. But he still put it out with the caption, “This is what happens when a government believes people are ‘illegal.’ Kids in cages.”, leading people to believe that this was happening at the border.

But it’s a fake, according to the DC Examiner:

However, fact-checking websites Snopes and PolitiFact found other pictures of the boy wearing the same clothes at a demonstration on June 10 organized by the Brown Berets de Cemanahuac’s Texas chapter in Dallas.

“We demand the release of the children being held in a jail and being treated like animals. We will not go away until we have answers!” the group wrote with a photo album from the event protesting the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which has resulted in family separations.

Leroy Pena, who took the image, told PolitiFact the youngster had followed his older brother into the enclosure before spotting his mother outside.

“He was only in there 30 seconds,” Pena said.

Just remember, a lot of what you see on facebook like this probably isn’t true. I’ve found several things in the past like this to be fakes, simply to gin up ignorant people.

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