Liberals were outraged over reports that found the U.S. had the highest detention levels among children in the world. The reports stated that approximately 100,000 children were currently in immigration custody, which is in violation of international law. The “problem” as it was later discovered, however, was that the figures were from 2015, under the Obama administration.
Rather than issue a correction to the article, both Reuters and AFP completely withdrew the story, stating there would be no replacement. Other news outlets issued a correction or said an updated story was forthcoming.
“A Nov. 18 story headlined “U.S. has world’s highest rate of children in detention -U.N. study” is withdrawn,” writes Reuters. “The United Nations issued a statement on Nov. 19 saying the number was not current but was for the year 2015. No replacement story will be issued.”