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Republicans Hit Obama-Era Photo to Promote Dem-Led House Hearing

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The Obama-era photo of mostly Central American immigrant children held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on, June 18, 2014. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 10 July 2019 06:16 PM

GOP officials and lawmakers are outraged by use of a disturbing 2014 photo of illegal immigrants detained in cages to promote a Democratic-led House panel hearing on border detention facilities.

The tweet from the House Oversight Committee was quickly deleted ahead of Wednesday's hearing, The Hill reported.

"Continuing to prove that Dems are only playing politics with the border crisis, House Democrats promoted a hearing on 'kids in cages' with a photo taken in 2014," Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for Trump's re-election campaign, tweeted.

"As in, during the Obama Administration. Don't bother looking for their tweet – it's been deleted."

In his own tweet, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., accused the panel of misleading Americans, adding people would not "forget this deceitful action."

"You all know that's a picture from 2014, right? Remind us who was president then," the House Oversight Committee Republicans tweeted from their official account.

The criticism came after the Oversight Committee's official Twitter account promoted a Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee hearing for Wednesday that was said to focus on "kids in cages" and the "inhumane treatment at the border." The image accompanying the post featured migrants lying on the floor in cages.

The Associated Press reported it took the photo in 2014, adding liberal activists had shared Obama-era images that year to showcase the Trump administration's immigration policy.

The Trump administration has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks over the treatment of migrants at detention facilities near the U.S.-Mexico border.

A report released from the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog found "dangerous overcrowding" and "prolonged detention of children and adults" at facilities in the Rio Grande Valley.

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