In late June 2018, as debate over immigration policies resulting in family separation remained a hot button issue, social media platforms saw the increased spread of a purported photograph of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials throwing a pregnant woman over the border wall separating Mexico and the United States.
ICE Agents Hurl Pregnant Immigrant Over Mexican Border to Prevent Birth on U.S. Soil
Readers’ mistaking The Onion‘s humorous material for real news is not uncommon on social media, as demonstrated by questions we’ve received from readers about warring cruise ships and a photograph of Cuban people clinging to the wings of Air Force One.
Like all content originating with The Onion, the photograph and claim about ICE agents and a pregnant woman were purely satirical, not real news.