Our news-writers Jack Crowe and Mairead McCardle had a project the last few days of asking USA Today if it would correct a misleading op-ed it ran last week that went viral about HHS “losing” migrant kids. The characterization of these children as “lost” is wrong, but at least it’s arguable. What was false was a line in the op-ed saying HHS lost the kids “in its custody.” In fact, they had been put in the custody of sponsors in the U.S.
When we reached out to USA Today days ago, it declined to correct and referred us to azcentral.com, where the piece originally ran. The editors there didn’t respond. But today both azcentral.com and USA Today corrected the column which spread so much misinformation:
An earlier version of this column mischaracterized the legal status of 1,475 undocumented migrant children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents. Those children were placed in the custody of sponsors screened by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. They are no longer in federal custody.
And here’s Jack item on the correction. Congrats to him and Mairead for their work on this.