On Sunday, conservative commentator Ann Coulter looked into a Fox News camera and warned President Donald Trump not to believe "child actors" at the border.
"I would also say one other thing, these child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now — do not fall for it, Mr. President," warned Coulter, appearing on "The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton."
"I get very nervous about the president getting his news from TV," explained the author.
Coulter specifically referenced an article from The New Yorker, which she notes is not a conservative outlet by any means. "A New Yorker article, The New Yorker is not a conservative publication, they describe how these kids, these kids are being coached," she said. "They’re given scripts to read by liberals, according to The New Yorker. Don’t fall for the actor children."
The piece, published in 2011, chronicles asylum seekers who admitted to fabricating persecution stories with the hope of being granted asylum. A lawyer who specializes in asylum cases, Jason Dzubow of The Asylumist, told The New Yorker that so-called "asylum coaches, or 'case builders'" tutored and assisted such individuals looking to stay in America. "Large parts of their stories are true, and then some people augment cases with things that are not true," he said.
"Dzubow represents a number of university-educated Ethiopians who were arrested by the dictatorship in their home country, as a significant percentage of their classmates had been. If they go to the asylum coaches, or 'case builders,' in the immigrant community, they will likely be urged to embellish their stories with tales of torture and beatings, because it is thought that being arrested alone will not make a strong enough case for asylum," reads the piece Coulter referenced.
An African woman in her 20s named Caroline told the paper that she lied about being raped and tortured, coached by a man named "Laurent." She was eventually granted asylum.
"Everybody’s story is a mixture of what is true and what is not," said Caroline.
Per The New Yorker: "Caroline had been tutored in how to act like a rape victim by her landlady in the Bronx, who hadn’t been raped, either, but had successfully applied for asylum. And Caroline was also getting help in crafting her narrative from a Rwandan man I’ll call Laurent, who was a sort of asylum-story shaper among central Africans."
"When you make up a story, make it yours. No one knows your story better than you," Laurent advised Caroline.