The Banality of Evil

As a novelist, when I heard about this, I wanted to put a face to it, to understand who could stand up in court and argue for children being denied basic necessities. This is a video of a woman ‘just doing her job’. A cautious bureaucrat, an illustration of the banality of evil

— Hari Kunzru (@harikunzru) June 22, 2019

The banality of evil right here, in real time. – US Department of Justice attorney faces criticism over 'sanitary conditions' argument for people in CBP custody

— Chris F. (@fnytv) June 22, 2019

With all due respect, our nation started out by enagaging in genocide and slavery. We had no compassion or common decency to people of color. But what we did do was move toward adopting high ideals and now we’re regressing back to what we used to be.

— Lisa Rice (@ItsLisaRice) June 22, 2019

Twitter points out that this is the same lawyer, Sarah Fabian, who delayed reunification of over a hundred under 5’s with their families because she had to dog sit.

— Hari Kunzru (@harikunzru) June 22, 2019

Thousands of Immigrant Children Said They Were Sexually Abused in U.S. Detention Centers, Report Says

[…] From October 2014 to July 2018, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a part of the Health and Human Services Department that cares for so-called unaccompanied minors, received a total of 4,556 allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, 1,303 of which were referred to the Justice Department. Of those 1,303 cases deemed the most serious, 178 were accusations that adult staff members had sexually assaulted immigrant children, while the rest were allegations of minors assaulting other minors, the report said. []

More than 4.000 immigrant children said they were sexually abused in detention centers.

Where is the outrage?

— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) March 4, 2019


Trump Doesn’t Care about What Happened to Children Separated from Their Parents

The Trump administration is not disputing that they may have separated thousands more children than reported. They’re arguing it would take too long to figure it out.

Here's a reality check:

— ACLU (@ACLU) February 26, 2019


Rep. Jerry Nadler: "When a stranger rips a child from a parent's arms without any plan to reunify them, it is called kidnapping. This Administration is responsible for the harm suffered by thousands of children & their parents, and it must be held accountable."

— The Hill (@thehill) February 26, 2019


#BREAKING: House Dems vote to subpoena Trump over family separations at border

— The Hill (@thehill) February 26, 2019


“Hearing on Trump’s Shameful Child Separation Policy at the Border”

2h 47m

February 07, 2019 C-SPAN News
Hearing on Migrant Family Separation Policy
An Energy and Commerce subcommittee held a hearing on the Trump administration’s separation policy for migrant families.

With interesting statements especially from Jonathan White, a man with empathy. He is the Unaccompanied Alien Children Reunification Federal Health Coordinating Official & Incident Commander, and it seems to me that that is a very difficult job.

— Goetz Kluge (@Bonnetmaker) February 11, 2019


Horror of Immigrant Family Separations

"Do you know what kind of damage has been done to children & families across this country? Children who will never get to see their parents again?"

WATCH: Rep. Pramila Jayapal questions acting AG Whitaker over the "horror" of immigrant family separations

— The Hill (@thehill) February 9, 2019


There will be a novel or a movie plot, a tragedy probably: A young US citizen will find out that she had been separated from illegal migrant parents in 2018. A NGO will offer DNA matching to children and parents. Adoptive parents will …
cc: @RepJayapal @StephenKing

— Goetz Kluge (@Bonnetmaker) February 9, 2019

“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.

There are real solutions to finding the parents. The WH does not care and are not interested in resolving the problem which they created. Are they to incarcerate these children forever? What are they doing with them? What is their plan?

— KMBHOL (@Kboyk) February 2, 2019


  • 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.


The president and his Christian vice president need to study some Christian values. How could they have tolerated that almost 3000 children had been seperated from their parents ( without the documentation required for reuniting them?

— Goetz Kluge (@Bonnetmaker) February 3, 2019

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