Nel's New Day

June 19, 2018

Separation of Children and Parents Worsens

“I Alone Can Fix It.” Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) ran for president on that slogan, but he blames the Democrats for the separation of the children and their families when they come to the border seeking safety from being killed by gangs in Central America. Even people who try to legally enter the country for asylum are blocked from crossing the border at the ports of entry designated for this purpose.

Debbie Nathan wrote about immigrant families, including children, who camp out near the bridges on the border in heat and rain. When they walk to the middle of bridges and ask for asylum, they are almost always turned back and told to come back later in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Immigration officials are required to immediately process immigrants afraid to return to their countries, but instead these officials block people who appear to be candidates for asylum. Ruben Garcia, director of a migrant shelter in El Paso, said that the government’s claims of “no room” since DDT was inaugurated is false:

“The numbers are down at our shelters. And if they’re down at our shelters, they’ve got to be down at the government’s facilities.”

If asylum seekers are a few inches on U.S. soil, border agents try to force them back. By blocking people from legally entering the U.S., border patrol agents force them to cross illegally so that they can take their children away from adults.

DDT has constantly ranted against immigrants in speeches and tweets this week. Yesterday he railed against immigrants and blamed Democrats for separating children from parents during his speech to the National Space Council. This morning he described immigrants as vermin in a tweet when he accused Democrats of wanting people to “infest our country.”

Later he continued to lie in a speech to the National Federation of Independent Businesses about Democrats wanting open borders because they think that MS-13 gang members will be future Democrat voters. His unhinged speech continued with equating all immigrants to the few members of the MS-13 gang and lied about the increase of crime in Germany, which is at a 25-year low, coming from the country’s acceptance of immigrants. In another part of the speech, he falsely claimed that migrants hire lawyers who get them out of court so that they can disappear and called the lawyers “bad people.” DDT said that the Senate GOP idea to hire new immigration judges to speed up the processing of families is “crazy” because new immigration judges would be corrupt. Most asylum-seekers, including small children separated from their parents, have no legal defense. DDT finished the speech by hugging the U.S. flag.

During a presentation to GOP representatives today about immigration bills, DDT said, “You have to take the children away.” He also asked if Mark Sanford (R-SC) was present. Assured that Sanford was not there—he was delayed in a flight from South Carolina—DDT called  him “nasty.” Sanford had lost his primary to a DDT-supporter who DDT endorsed. DDT was booed for his comment.

More DDT and GOP lies about separating immigrant children and parents.

Breaking news tonight about shelters for babies and toddlers caused Rachel Maddow to break down and cry in the last few minutes of today’s MSNBC program.

Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza wrote:

“Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.

“Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday….

“Decades after the nation’s child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents….

“Doctors and lawyers who have visited the shelters said the facilities were fine, clean and safe, but the kids—who have no idea where their parents are—were hysterical, crying and acting out….

“‘Children are biologically programmed to grow best in the care of a parent figure. When that bond is broken through long and unexpected separations with no set timeline for reunion, children respond at the deepest physiological and emotional levels,’ [Alicia Lieberman, operator of the Early Trauma Treatment Network at University of California, San Francisco] said. ‘Their fear triggers a flood of stress hormones that disrupt neural circuits in the brain, create high levels of anxiety, make them more susceptible to physical and emotional illness, and damage their capacity to manage their emotions, trust people, and focus their attention on age-appropriate activities.’

“… Customs and Border Protection field chiefs over all nine southwest border districts can use their discretion over how young is too young, officials said. And while Health and Human Services defines ‘tender age’ typically as 12 and under, Customs and Border Protection has at times defined it as 5 and under.”

Children in these shelters will not be held because shelter workers cannot touch any of the tiny children, even the toddlers. They are left to cry.

DDT thinks that tearing children from parents will win him another election, but GOP members of Congress, still afraid of opposing him, are becoming afraid of the gigantic backlash. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-TX) wants a narrow bill stopping the separation while House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) supports moving forward with two different immigration bills that might include a provision to keep families together. In the meantime, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pointed out that DDT could immediately solve the horror that he made through signing an executive order:

“Anyone who believes this Republican Congress is capable of addressing this issue is kidding themselves. The president can end this crisis with the flick of his pen, and he needs to do so now.”

Mr. “I Alone Can Fix it” blames others and refuses to take any action.

Separated children not of “tender age” are housed in a growing tent city, aka Trumpville, located at Tornilla (TX). The district of Rep. Beta Rourke, U.S. Senate candidate, takes in Tornilla. That may be the reason that his opponent, incumbent Ted Cruz, has a bill that would not only double the number of federal immigration judges with an additional 375 but also build temporary shelters for families who would stay together by limiting the processing of asylum cases to no more than 14 days. A provision in a House bill would extend the time that minors can be held from 20 days to indefinitely with their parents.

With no set protocol for reuniting families, separated children and families are at the mercy of finding advocates and deportation officers but without any guarantee. Immigration attorney Linda Rivas said:

“[Reunification] depends on who the individual deportation officer is and how willing he or she is to coordinate with a case worker at ORR.”

Without enough judges, people seeking asylum face mass trials like this one in Pecos (TX) and asked to answer questions in unison. The person taking this photo faces prosecution because DDT’s administration tries to keep images of the its horrible actions hidden from the public. Only the most sanitized pictures are allowed into the media, and even those show horrible conditions.

Over 600 United Methodist clergy and church members plan to bring charges against fellow United Methodist Jeff Sessions on charges of child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination, and “dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrines” of the church.

 

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