Horror of Immigrant Family Separations

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Abu Rasasa – the Father of the Bullet

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“Impact of These Actions
on Vulnerable Children”

As far as I understand, Pence subscribes to Christian values. And Trump promotes bible literacy. But as for what they knowingly tolerate, both are evil nevertheless.

 

  • Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care (U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Office of Inspector General, 2019-01-17)

    Why OIG Did This Review
            In the spring of 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented a “zero-tolerance policy” for certain immigration offenses. As a result, DHS separated large numbers of alien families, with adults being held in Federal detention while their children were transferred to the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
            On June 26, 2018, in a class action lawsuit, Ms. L v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a Federal District Courtordered the Federal Government to identify and reunify separated families who met certain criteria.
            Given the potential impact of these actions on vulnerable children and ORR operations, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted this review to determine the number and status of separated children (i.e., children separated from their parent or legal guardian by DHS) who have entered ORR care, including but not limited to the subset of separated children covered by Ms. L v. ICE. In a separate review, OIG is examining challenges that ORR-funded facilities have faced in reunifying separated children. On the basis of those findings, OIG plans to recommend solutions to improve ORR program operations.

  • Family Separation May Have Hit Thousands More Migrant Children Than Reported (New York Times, 2019-01-17)

    “This report confirms what we suspected: This cruel family separation practice was way bigger than the administration let on,” said Lee Gelernt, who challenged the policy in court on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union. “We will be back in court and ask the judge to order the government to explain these numbers,” he said.

  • Family Separation by the Numbers (ACLU, 2018-10-23)

    ※ How long have they been separated from their parents?
    For the children still in ORR care awaiting reunification, the median length of detention so far is 154 days — more than five months. Some have been in detention as long as a year. For example, one four-year-old child, “Luna,” was separated from her father for nearly 10 months before they were reunified in Guatemala on Sept. 28. This figure excludes separations where the child and the parent have decided to waive their right to reunification.
    ※ What was their age and gender?
    Of the initial pool of 2,654 separated children, the majority was male (64.5 percent). 1,033 of them were under the age of ten when they were detained, including 103 under five. The data furnished by the government shows a sharp drop off in the number of separated children between five and four years old.

 

“Global Waming”


 

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Trump’s Leverage:
Insensitivity to Human Suffering

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/01/trumps-leverage-government-shutdown-border-wall-pelosi-meeting-nihilism.html

2019-01-03
Trump’s Leverage in the Shutdown Fight: His Own Nihilism
By Eric Levitz

[…] Trump has repeatedly indicated that he sees his own insensitivity to human suffering as a vital source of leverage over Democrats. He explicitly framed his administration’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act as a strategy for forcing Democrats to cooperate with the law’s repeal and replacement. He has repeatedly suggested that he doesn’t want to make a deal on Dreamers while a court order protecting them from the threat of deportation remains in effect — because he believes he’ll be able to secure larger concessions once that population is thrown into peril. […]

In a nutshell: The man is evil. And seemingly the present US society is providing him with an environment in which being evil helps him.

Don’t Let Anyone Think Anything Different

YouTube (uploaded 2018-06-15, see also Twitter):

[Trump] Hey, he’s the head of a country — I mean he’s the strong head, don’t let anyone think anything different — he speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.
[FOX NEWS] Well, just before you met with him, he cleaned house. Three of his top generals, some of the hardliners, he fired. Then you go over there. You took some heat over saluting one of the generals.
[Trump] I think he fired at least —
[FOX NEWS (didn’t get Trump’s joke attempt)] Three do we know of.
[Trump] — may be “fired” “at least”. “Fired” may be a nice word.

In his exercises in sarcasm, Trump actually made fun of Kim Jong Un. As Trump later didn’t dare to crack such “jokes” about Mohammad bin Salman, Trump probably takes the prince more serious than the North Korean “strong head”. Also Trump’s courage has limits, and experimental irony isn’t always good for business.

Then again, was Trump joking? In order to be on the safe side, Trump’s people did sit and stand in attention. For some of them it wasn’t safe enough, therefore the image of Trump with his people is outdated. (In the end perhaps only Pence will remain).

Trump image: Getty Images.
Kim image: KimJongUnLookingAtThings.com (see also kimjongunlookingatthings.tumblr.com). Twitter: @kjulat.