Anecdote from Sen. Katie Britt’s criticism of Biden’s border policies appears to be from before he was president

Anecdote from Sen. Katie Britt’s criticism of Biden’s border policies appears to be from before he was president - Opinion and Analysis - News

The Discrepancy between Alabama Senator Katie Britt’s Graphic Story and Reality: A Closer Look

Alabama Senator Katie Britt captivated the nation during the Republican response to the State of the Union address on Thursday, as she passionately described a woman’s harrowing experience with being “sex trafficked by the cartels starting at the age of 12.” Britt used this story as a powerful anecdote to criticize President Joe Biden’s immigration policies. However, further investigation uncovers some intriguing discrepancies between the Senator’s account and actual facts.

Senator Britt shared her account of speaking with a woman who endured horrifying experiences at the hands of cartels starting from the tender age of 12. She detailed how the woman was “raped every day,” and described the traumatic scene where she was forced to endure unspeakable acts in a confined space for hours on end. Britt emphasized that such incidents should not be tolerated in the United States and called Biden’s border crisis an embarrassment and a disgrace.

Upon closer examination, freelance journalist Jonathan Katz managed to trace the origins of this story, revealing some startling differences between Britt’s narrative and reality. According to Katz’s investigation, the incident took place in Mexico during the mid-2000s, well before Biden assumed any role in U.S. politics.

Evidence comes from a press release issued by Senator Marsha Blackburn’s office, detailing their visit to Eagle Pass, Texas in January 2023. During this trip, they met with Karla Jacinto Romero, a survivor of human trafficking, among other individuals. The press release states that the Senators learned about cartel activities in Mexico and the efforts being made to rescue victims of human trafficking.

Jacinto Romero herself has spoken publicly about her experiences, including during a 2015 hearing on sex trafficking before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Global Human Rights. Through a translator, she recounted how she was subjected to emotional and sexual abuse from the age of 12 for an extended period, escaping at 16 to seek help and eventually becoming an activist. Jacinto Romero’s testimony indicates that the abuse started around ten years prior, meaning she was approximately 22 at the time of her escape.

Britt has previously referenced this story on various occasions, including on Capitol Hill on September 27, 2023. In response to News Finder’s inquiry, a spokesperson for Britt’s office neither confirmed nor denied that she was sharing Jacinto Romero’s story but asserted the validity of her account.

“The Biden Administration’s policies – the policies in this country that the President falsely claims are humane – have empowered the cartels and acted as a magnet to a historic level of migrants making the dangerous journey to our border,” the spokesperson, Sean Ross, said. “Along that journey, children, women, and men are being subjected to gut-wrenching, heartbreaking horrors in our own backyard.”

Despite the discrepancies between Britt’s account and reality, her passionate appeal to address the critical issue of human trafficking resonated with many. The incident raises important questions about the ethics of storytelling and the need for factual accuracy in political discourse.