Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tweet by Tierney Sneed on Twitter

Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan)
If your question was whether Trump administration's actions today were motivated by care for migrant children's well-being or a reaction to a political backlash, this move by the HHS seems provide the answer. twitter.com/aflores/status…

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Tweet by Ryan Knight 🌊 on Twitter

Ryan Knight 🌊 (@ProudResister)
Criticized Trump's Inhumanity:

— The Obamas
— The Pope
— Justin Trudeau
— Theresa May
— Democrats in Congress
— Decent human beings

Defended Trump's Inhumanity:

— Stephen Miller
— Kirstjen Nielsen
— Sarah Sanders
— Jeff Sessions
— Fox News
— GOP in Congress
— Trump supporters

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Tweet by David Axelrod on Twitter

David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod)
It turns out the abuse of little kids really bothers people.

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Tweet by Rogue WH Snr Advisor on Twitter

Rogue WH Snr Advisor (@RogueSNRadvisor)
So now we're all going to have listen to Trump tell us he's the hero for signing the bill that "ends" the child separation, right? I hope the outrage doesn't end here, people - that this ever even happened is appalling. No matter what Trump/GOP do now, remember, *they* did this.

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Tweet by Topher Spiro on Twitter

Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro)
🚨🚨 BREAKING: The House GOP just released a budget bill that fast tracks ACA repeal, massive Medicare and Medicaid cuts, and tax cuts. Possible vote next week. FLOOD THE HOUSE WITH CALLS.
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Trump Family Separation Executive Order Has Concerning Passage

Trump Family Separation Executive Order Has Concerning Passage

This Passage in Trump's Family-Separation Executive Order Is Cause for Concern

Knowing this group, it's liable to make things worse.

So, on his way to Duluth, the president* signed that Executive Order that temporarily puts a stop to the separation of families at the border. Bizarrely, at least here on Earth 1, the president*'s proposal is exactly what the Obama Administration wanted to do as regards keeping migrant families together only to be enjoined by a court. (This is the "law" that the president* and his administration* kept citing as a reason for why the president* couldn't do what he did today.) So whatever the president* wanted to do with this frantic walk-back is going to wind up tangled up in the courts almost immediately.

The order also does nothing to alleviate the suffering of children already separated from their parents, who already may be deported. And if you think this government is in any way prepared for the massive task of reuniting children with their parents who are still awaiting court proceedings and being held in custody, well, I have a lovely resort in Mexico I can get for you cheap.

There is also this provision in the EO, which does not make me feel better about the administration*'s ability not to make an even bigger hash out of this:

The Secretary of Defense shall take all legally available measures to provide to the Secretary, upon request, any existing facilities available for the housing and care of alien families, and shall construct such facilities if necessary and consistent with law. The Secretary, to the extent permitted by law, shall be responsible for reimbursement for the use of these facilities.

Remember when Mitt Romney burbled that he wanted to "double Guantanamo" and everybody laughed? At least he only meant in Cuba.

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Trump Family Separation Executive Order Has Concerning Passage

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White House to Propose Merging Education, Labor Departments - WSJ

https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-to-propose-merging-education-labor-departments-1529533148


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Donald Trump using Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' playbook, says world expert on Nazi leader | The Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/adolf-hitler-donald-trump-mein-kampf-bluffed-way-to-power-nazi-leader-germany-fuhrer-us-president-a7568506.html


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Trump admits he had the power to stop separating families all along

https://shareblue.com/trump-stop-family-separations-border-executive-order/


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Kids Taken From Their Parents At The Border Get Their Toys Confiscated Too | HuffPost

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kids-toys-border_us_5b2a629ce4b05d6c16c99fd7?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003


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“Stephen Actually Enjoys Seeing Those Pictures at the Border”: The West Wing Is Fracturing Over Trump’s Callous Migrant-Family Policy | Vanity Fair

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/06/stephen-miller-family-separation-white-house


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Cops plead ‘allow ICE employees to go home to their families’ after protesters blockade prison in Portland

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/cops-plead-allow-ice-employees-go-home-families-protesters-blockade-prison-portland/


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Donald Trump's Attacks on Germany: The Enemy in the White House - SPIEGEL ONLINE

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/donald-trump-s-attacks-on-germany-the-enemy-in-the-white-house-a-1214058.html


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Former Border Patrol Agent To Current Agents: Refuse Orders To Separate Children | HuffPost

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/former-border-patrol-agent-to-current-agents-refuse-orders-to-separate-children_us_5b2935fde4b05d6c16c808c3


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Alabama musician threatens to shoot immigrant families on Facebook — and now his career is ‘completely screwed’

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/alabama-musician-threatens-shoot-immigrant-families-facebook-now-career-completely-screwed/


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Watch This White Woman Explain to a Black Woman Why Slavery Wasn’t So Bad 

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Being Transgender Is Not a Mental Illness, World Health Organization Says

http://www.newsweek.com/being-transgender-not-mental-illness-world-health-organization-says-983869


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Trump Supporters Say They Refuse To Feel Sorry For Children In Detention Centers (VIDEO)

https://bluestatedaily.com/trump-supporters-say-they-refuse-to-feel-sorry-for-children-in-detention-centers-video/


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House GOP plan would cut Medicare, Medicaid to balance budget

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/06/19/house-gop-plan-would-cut-medicare-social-security-to-balance-budget/


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Tweet by Bruce Resch on Twitter

Bruce Resch (@Reschzoo)
In a world where men walked on the moon, mapped the human genome & sent satellites on missions out of our Solar System 2 send back amazing images of deep space isn't it odd a group of small minded mostly old white GOP men can't figure out how 2 deal w/dt's utter inhuman tactics?

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Tweet by John Pavlovitz on Twitter

John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz)
"Is this the change you were expecting by your silence?
Do you feel any regret or remorse?
Are you still disconnected?
Would you still opt-out, if the election were today?
Are you finally ready to move?"

#TenderAge
#KeepFamiliesTogether
#VoteCommonGood johnpavlovitz.com/2017/12/08/100…

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Tweet by nicki 🤓 on Twitter

nicki 🤓 (@nickiknowsnada)
While we were distracted by 9,000 other Trump admin corruption stories

➡ US paid private contractor $10 mil for kids tent city in 100° Texas desert
➡ WH held a Conservative ONLY job fair for govt positions
➡ US quit United Nations humans rights council

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Tweet by Ron Perlman on Twitter

Ron Perlman (@perlmutations)
Remember how we watched as this piece of shit said stuff when he was running that was so unthinkable that we wrote it off to campaign theatricality? How there was no way his savagery could ever be realized here? In the USA.

Do you believe him yet?

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Tweet by Tony Posnanski on Twitter

Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski)
A tale of two parties...

Rachel Maddow breaks down while reporting about children being taken from their parents...

Corey Lewandowski mocks a girl with Down Syndrome being taken from her parents...

You decide which side of history you want to be on.

I have.

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Tweet by Michael Avenatti on Twitter

Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti)
We are discovering that most of our clients have had their children shipped away across many states (1,000 miles is not unusual). Some are facing deportation without their children and do not know if they will ever see them again. This is permanently destroying families. #Basta

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Michael Grimm compares kids crying at border to daycare drop-off

https://nypost.com/2018/06/20/grimm-compares-kids-crying-at-border-to-daycare-drop-off/


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Gross Fox News Host: At Least Trump's 'Not Gassing Children!'

https://youtu.be/tPBQ7vmparg


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Tweet by Geoff Ninecow on Twitter

Geoff Ninecow (@geoff9cow)
What part of immature, ignorant, low class, obnoxious, corrupt, talentless, dishonest, cowardly, racist & dangerous doesn't the @GOP get about @POTUS @realDonaldTrump? twitter.com/geoff9cow/stat…

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Tweet by Melissa Fumero on Twitter

Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero)
Hi Stu. For many asylum seekers, their only option is to cross "illegally" and then ask for asylum once they're here. There is literally no other way. Immigration is complex and nuanced and I suggest you read up on it, and try to remember that these are human beings twitter.com/stu454ss/statu…

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Tweet by Lindsay Beyerstein on Twitter

Lindsay Beyerstein (@Beyerstein)
Chris Hayes talking about a huge, under-covered aspect of Trump's immigration policy: Refusing to process asylum seekers who show up at official points of entry. That's illegal. twitter.com/TheBeatWithAri…

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Tweet by Chris Hayes on Twitter

Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes)
Limited government = a low corporate tax rate and a sprawling archipelago of baby internment centers

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Tweet by Sam Stein on Twitter

Sam Stein (@samstein)
How could Corey Lewandowski possibly think he could get away with such a crass, disgusting mockery of someone with disabilities???? pic.twitter.com/XVA04Lzjs8

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Tweet by Ana Navarro on Twitter

Ana Navarro (@ananavarro)
CHANGE THE PRESIDENT! twitter.com/realdonaldtrum…

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Sam Annihilates Scumbag Caller Defending Trump's Horrific Immigration Po...

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Stephen King's 'Doctor Sleep' Brings the Return of 'The Shining's' Danny...

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Ewan McGregor Will Be Grown Up Danny in Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep

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No, Immigrant Children Are Not At Summer Camp. They Are In A Nightmare.

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Now We Know Who's Willing To Defend Caging Children

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Congressional intern yells 'F--k you' at Donald Trump

https://nypost.com/2018/06/19/congressional-intern-shouts-f-k-you-mr-president-at-trump/


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Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Use - Rolling Stone

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Dream gifts for a dream wedding - Baccarat

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United Methodist Church uses sign near Capitol to call out Trump immigration policy

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/392835-united-methodist-church-uses-sign-near-capitol-to-call-out-trump


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Trump Organization Won't Track All Foreign Government Payments - The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/trumps-company-isnt-tracking-all-the-money-it-gets-from-foreign-governments/527997/


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Trump Administration Falsely Cites 'Enforcing the Law' for Family Separation Policy

Trump Administration Falsely Cites 'Enforcing the Law' for Family Separation Policy

It's Not About the Law, Unless You Count How It Can Be Used as a Weapon

The Trump administration*'s newest excuse for the humanitarian crisis at the border is more nonsense.

"We were yelled at and slapped. In the 3rd grade, I asked the teacher why she was teaching that Columbus discovered America when Indians were here first. She came over and slapped me across my face. To be humiliated in front of the class, I'll never forget that."
—Testimony of Edith Young, Survivor, U.S. Native American boarding school system.

"Then we were instructed to go stand at the front of the church, where a lot of adults began coming in and crowding around us. I picked Gerald up and glared at the milling adults. Leo grabbed hold of my leg as a tall man dressed in overalls approached us. The man reached out and felt my arm, I stared straight ahead, "A bit scrawny," he commented, then moved on down and chose number 30. Number 30's face turned white as he left the line with the man…Two days later my brothers and I had survived several lineups in many different towns. Each time we were inspected I was terrified we'd be chosen, and then when we weren't, I was angered and believed that people thought we weren't good enough. But I was relieved that we were still together. I'd seen other brothers and sisters separated, and as I listened to their loud sobbing, I wondered "How can I stop them from separating us?" On the sixth day, in a small town in Texas, with only 23 children remaining in line, my worst fear was realized. A middle-aged couple chose Gerald. As the woman reached for him, Gerald eagerly jumped into her arms. But after the paperwork was completed, and they began going out the door, he looked over his new father's shoulder and screamed for his 'brovers.'

Testimony of Lee Nailling, Survivor, Orphan Trains, 1926.

Newt Gingrich once called for the resumption of the orphan trains, which tells you all you need to know about Gingrich's claim for being a public intellectual, let alone an actual historian. The orphan trains were creatures of the law, as were the Native American boarding schools.

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In 1855, the duly elected legislature of the state of New York authorized the "binding out" of orphan children just as it was the duly elected Congress of the United States that authorized the Bureau of Indian Affairs to open the boarding schools in the years immediately preceding the Civil War. The involuntary transportation of children from New York or Boston to parts western and unknown was done perfectly within the law, as was the forcible Anglicization of the Native children in the boarding school. The legal principle, stated simply, was Kill The Indian, Save The Man. Laws were passed by democratically elected representatives based on that simple theory. The system, such as it was, worked.

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So, remember that when you hear the defenders of this administration*'s cruel policies regarding the separation of migrant children from their parents take cover behind the fact that they are following the law. Remember that the law is a servant of their humanity, not its master, and that it is supposed to be a shield and not a sword. And if a people do not intend justice toward each other, the law is simply a blind, impersonal power that can be put to terrible use. The law is the beginning of justice, it is not its end. There's a reason why those people dedicated to the law as an end in itself are the heavies in all four of the Gospels. The law put Lee Railling on the train and sent Edith Young to school.

The Border Patrol Processing Facility in McAllen, Texas.

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And, of course, even if you don't believe all of that, the administration is plainly lying about what the law is in these cases, too. The simple fact is that there is no law that demands that the administration* do what it is doing to these children. What is happening is the inevitable result of the administration*'s decision to prosecute as many border-crossing cases as it can. The government can't prosecute children for this—as yet, anyway—so their parents get hauled off to jails and the children end up in dog-runs or under tents in the Texas desert. And, until this administration* unleashed this policy, border-crossing was a mere misdemeanor.

But even Monday's robotic, administration*-wide invocation of the law was undermined Tuesday afternoon, when the president* went before the National Federation of Independent Business and mocked the whole notion of due process.

"Ultimately, we have to have a real border, not judges…Thousands and thousands of judges they want to hire. Who are these people? When we vet a single federal judge it goes through a big process…Seriously, what country does this? They said 'sir, we'd like to hire 5,000 or 6,000 more judges. Now, can you imagine the graft that must take place?"

(The NFIB is one of the more underrated of the Beltway's truly awful lobbying concerns. The audience for the president*'s speech applauded him wildly, especially at the end, when the president* hugged the flag, and that is not an exaggeration, either.)

It's not about the law. It's never been about the law. This president* doesn't care about the law. Stephen Miller, who shouldn't be near the top of the organizational chart at a Dairy Queen, let alone at the White House, doesn't care about it, either. To them, it is a simple thing. It builds nothing. It has no ultimate aim. It does not evolve, nor does it move toward justice. It simply is, its latent potential as a weapon fully realized by people who would wander into a church, pick up the chalice, and use it as a bludgeon.

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Russian Figures Paid Millions in Cash for Trump Properties - Some Accused of Money Laundering

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The Rude Pundit: The Cold Political Calculus of Taking Away the Children of Migrants

The Rude Pundit: The Cold Political Calculus of Taking Away the Children of Migrants

The Cold Political Calculus of Taking Away the Children of Migrants

We are at a moment in our history that demands action. It demands that people fuck shit up. We hope they do it by protesting, by voting, or with legislation. But what the GOP hopes is that it leads to crazy shit, and Trump is going to keep pushing and pushing, with the ICE round-ups and the family separations, because they want congressional Democrats arrested, they want violence to occur at one of the concentration camps, they want protesters to riot, and they want it all filmed.  Trump is going to keep upping the intensity of his immigration crackdown until the left cracks.

This is the cold political calculus of Trump advisor and man most likely to own a suit made of human skin, Stephen Miller. It's beyond "annoy the libtards and make the snowflakes cry." We're now into "let's get good footage for campaign ads" territory. You can imagine it now: Evil music, low-pitch voice saying, "Nancy Pelosi and the crooked Democrat Party want to let MS-13 animals into the country" over footage of, say, a fight at a detention center or maybe Rep. Juan Vargas or other members of Congress getting led away by cops as the voice continues, "Tell Nancy Pelosi that you stand with Americans, not illegal animals." Or some such shit. That's probably too subtle. More likely it'll just be Trump braying something incoherent like a particularly brain-damaged jackass.

Trump's GOP (and it is Trump's GOP now) doesn't give a fat rat fuck about reaching out beyond his base. The election strategy is simple: get his idiot horde all fired up with a stream of Reddit-provided conspiracies and blatant lies; suppress the vote wherever and however it can be suppressed; and, possibly, look for an assist from hackers. In order for the first part to work, you've gotta be as confrontational as possible to draw Democrats and liberals into an act that can be portrayed as extremism. Sure, an action like blocking the roads to and from detention locations, like, fer the love of fuck, tent cities for children is a relatively mild form of civil disobedience, but as far as the whiners on the right are concerned, it'll be "terrorism the likes of which the nation hasn't seen" or whatever the fuck Fox "news" contorts it to be.

Unsurprisingly, Fox has gone all-in on supporting Trump on the savage child detention policy, so Tucker "Bitch Face" Carlson and Laura "My Kids Went to the Shittiest Summer Camps" Ingraham would orgasm constantly if they got to report on violence involving migrants or defenders of migrants. Sean Hannity's studio would be sticky for weeks.

Let's be clear that the family detention policy didn't start with Trump, but the "zero tolerance" part of it, which includes asylum seekers and the separation of children from parents, is totally Trump's. They planned this shit specifically to deter people on the run from awful violence, including rape and murder, including forcing kids into gangs, to stop seeking asylum in the United States. And lying ogre of blonde doom, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, can repeatedly insist, as she did at her belly flop of a press appearance yesterday, "DHS is not separating families legitimately seeking asylum at ports of entry. If an adult enters at a port of entry and claims asylum, they will not face prosecution for illegal entry. They have not committed a crime by coming to the port of entry." And Trump can assert in that goddamned moron voice of his that "We're stuck with these horrible laws. They're horrible laws" that are forcing the country to treat migrants this way, even going so far as to blame Democrats for the laws themselves.

But the motherfucking truth is that those "laws" have been in place since the 1950s, agreed to and signed off on by Congress members and presidents of both parties, including, most recently, in 2008, George W. Bush. And the motherfucking truth is that story after story is coming in about asylum seekers who have their children taken away from them. And the motherfucking truth is that none of what the Trump administration is doing, the written policy they have, is going to deter a mother trying to escape from a man who is beating her and her kids and threatening their lives. They don't have fucking Twitter on the path from El Salvador to the American border.

Today, in a tweet, Trump made clear the racist intent of his immigration policies, which is a refreshing change from the coded racism that Republicans usually use. Saying that "illegal immigrants...infest our Country" (incorrect capitalization courtesy of Trump), he is blurring the line between violent criminals and economic refugees and asylum seekers, which is exactly what a racist would want to do.

So what do we do? The left is obviously being baited into a fight. Yet that doesn't mean we shouldn't fight. Fucking hell, if traumatized kids doesn't get you fighting, nothing will. So fuck it. Let the ads fall where they may. They'll say we're shitty criminal lovers no matter what. Sometimes a big enough fish can grab the bait, yank the fisherman right into the water, and devour him.


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Have you heard that children were separated from their parents under Obama & Clinton? Then, you need a little Facts vs Myths lesson. Michelle Martin, PhD Cal State Fullerton summed up the most important FACTS: There is so much misinformation out there about the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy that requires criminal prosecution, which then warrants the separating of parents and children at the border. Before responding to a post defending this policy, please do your research...As a professor at a local Cal State, I research and write about these issues, so here, I'll make it easier for you: Myth: This is not a new policy and was practiced under Obama and Clinton - FALSE. The policy to separate parents and children is new and was instituted on 4/6/2018. It was the brainchild of John Kelly and Stephen Miller to serve as a deterrent for undocumented immigration, approved by Trump, and adopted by Sessions. Prior administrations detained migrant families, but didn’t have a practice of forcibly separating parents from their children unless the adults were deemed unfit. https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1049751/download?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery Myth: This is the only way to deter undocumented immigration - FALSE. Annual trends show that arrests for undocumented entry are at a 46 year low, and undocumented crossings dropped in 2007, with a net loss (more people leaving than arriving). Deportations have increased steadily though (spiking in 1996 and more recently), because several laws that were passed since 1996 have made it legally more difficult to gain legal status for people already here, and thus increased their deportations (I address this later under the myth that it's the Democrats' fault). What we mostly have now are people crossing the border illegally because they've already been hired by a US company, or because they are seeking political asylum. Economic migrants come to this country because our country has kept the demand going. But again, many of these people impacted by Trump's "zero tolerance" policy appear to be political asylum-seekers. https://www.npr.org/2017/12/05/568546381/arrests-for-illegal-border-crossings-hit-46-year-low Myth: Most of the people coming across the border are just trying to take advantage of our country by taking our jobs - FALSE. Most of the parents who have been impacted by Trump's "zero tolerance" policy have presented themselves as political asylum-seekers at a U.S. port-of-entry, from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Rather than processing their claims, they have been taken into custody on the spot and had their children ripped from their arms. The ACLU alleges that this practice violates the Asylum Act, and the UN asserts that it violates the UN Treaty on the State of Refugees, one of the few treaties the US has ratified. This is an illegal act on the part of the United States government, not to mention morally and ethically reprehensible. https://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/21/us/meatpackers-profits-hinge-on-pool-of-immigrant-labor.html Myth: We're a country that respects the Rule of Law, and if people break the law, this is what they get - FALSE. We are a country that has an above-ground system of immigration and an underground system. Our government (under both parties) has always been aware that US companies recruit workers in the poorest parts of Mexico for cheap labor, and ICE (and its predecessor INS) has looked the other way because this underground economy benefits our country to the tune of billions of dollars annually. Thus, even though the majority of people crossing the border now are asylum-seekers, those who are economic migrants (migrant workers) likely have been recruited here to do jobs Americans will not do. https://www.upi.com/Top_News/Opinion/2016/10/26/Donald-Trumps-wall-ignores-the-economic-logic-of-undocumented-immigrant-labor/2621477498203/ Myth: The children have to be separated from their parents because there parents must be arrested and it would be cruel to put children in jail with their parents - FALSE. First, in the case of economic migrants crossing the border illegally, criminal prosecution has not been the legal norm, and families have been kept together at all cost. Also, crossing the border without documentation is a typically a misdemeanor not requiring arrest, but rather a civil proceeding. Additionally, parents who have been detained have historically been detained with their children in ICE "family residential centers," again, for civil processing. The Trump administration's shift in policy is for political purposes only, not legal ones. See p. 18: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/ms-l-v-ice-plaintiffs-opposition-defendants-motion-dismiss-doc-56 Myth: We have rampant fraud in our asylum process the proof of which is the significant increase we have in the number of people applying for asylum. FALSE. The increase in asylum seekers is a direct result of the increase in civil conflict and violence across the globe. While some people may believe that we shouldn't allow any refugees into our country because "it's not our problem," neither our current asylum law, nor our ideological foundation as a country support such an isolationist approach. There is very little evidence to support Sessions' claim that abuse of our asylum-seeking policies is rampant. Also, what Sessions failed to mention is that the majority of asylum seekers are from China, not South of the border. Here is a very fair and balanced assessment of his statements: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/oct/19/jeff-sessions/jeff-sessions-claim-about-asylum-system-fraudulent/ Myth: The Democrats caused this, "it's their law." FALSE. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats caused this, the Trump administration did (although the Republicans could fix this today, and have refused). I believe what this myth refers to is the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, which were both passed under Clinton in 1996. These laws essentially made unauthorized entry into the US a crime (typically a misdemeanor for first-time offenders), but under both Republicans and Democrats, these cases were handled through civil deportation proceedings, not a criminal proceeding, which did not require separation. And again, even in cases where detainment was required, families were always kept together in family residential centers, unless the parents were deemed unfit (as mentioned above). Thus, Trump's assertion that he hates this policy but has no choice but to separate the parents from their children, because the Democrats "gave us this law" is false and nothing more than propaganda designed to compel negotiation on bad policy. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-democrats-us-border-migrant-families-children-parents-mexico-separate-a8401521.html Myth: The parents and children will be reunited shortly, once the parents' court cases are finalized. FALSE. Criminal court is a vastly different beast than civil court proceedings. Also, the children are being processed as unaccompanied minors ("unaccompanied alien children"), which typically means they are sent into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Under normal circumstances when a child enters the country without his or her parent, ORR attempts to locate a family member within a few weeks, and the child is then released to a family member, or if a family member cannot be located, the child is placed in a residential center (anywhere in the country), or in some cases, foster care. Prior to Trump's new policy, ORR was operating at 95% capacity, and they simply cannot effectively manage the influx of 2000+ children, some as young as 4 months. Also, keep in mind, these are not unaccompanied minor children, they have parents. There is great legal ambiguity on how and even whether the parents will get their children back because we are in uncharted territory right now. According to the ACLU lawsuit (see below), there is currently no easy vehicle for reuniting parents with their children. Additionally, according to a May 2018 report, numerous cases of verbal, physical and sexual abuse were found to have occurred in these residential centers. https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-obtains-documents-showing-widespread-abuse-child-immigrants-us-custody Myth: This policy is legal. LIKELY FALSE. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on 5/6/18, and a recent court ruling denied the government's motion to dismiss the suit. The judge deciding the case stated that the Trump Administration policy is "brutal, offensive, and fails to comport with traditional notions of fair play and decency." The case is moving forward because it was deemed to have legal merit. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-07/aclu-suit-over-child-separations-at-border-may-proceed-judge

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Michigan receiving detained immigrant children as young as 3 months old | TheHill

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Trump admin's 'tent cities' cost more than keeping migrant kids with parents

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Trump’s Immigrant Child Detentions Mean $458 Million for Nonprofit

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Former Trump aide Corey Lewandowski mocks immigrant child with Down syndrome - ABC News

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Lawmakers barred from child migrant facility in Florida

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'Morally Bankrupt': After Tax Cuts for Richest, House GOP Unveils $5.4 Trillion Attack on Nation's Safety Net

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John Oliver Exposes Trump’s Lies About His Border Child-Separation Policy

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Hi ⁦‪@realDonaldTrump‬⁩ - your Nazi father, Fred, would have been very proud of the work you're doing to convert the US into a Nazi state. I'm sure he's looking down in awe.

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Here's to ⁦‪@SarahHuckabee‬⁩ ⁦‪@AnnCoulter‬⁩ ⁦‪@IngrahamAngle‬⁩ ⁦‪@SecNielsen‬⁩ ⁦‪@TomiLahren‬⁩ ⁦‪@IvankaTrump‬⁩ ⁦‪@KellyannePolls‬⁩ for showing all our daughters what not to aspire to, and how easy it is to sell one's soul for profit.

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Trump Finally Admits He's Responsible: "You Have to Take the Children Away"

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Pat Toomey Says Migrant Family Separations Not So Bad, Then Admits He Has No Clue

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Rudy Giuliani, flapping his loose yap to Politico on Monday:

President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Monday that he was actually just bluffing last week when he called for Justice Department leaders to suspend special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation within 24 hours.

"I didn't think it would," Giuliani told POLITICO with a laugh when asked about the Mueller inquiry's still being very much an active investigation. "But I still think it should be." [...]

That's what I'm supposed to do," Giuliani explained on Monday. "What am I supposed to say? That they should investigate him forever? Sorry, I'm not a sucker."

Cool, that is just Rudy Giuliani admitting he's full of shit and words and more shit and more words (and also a noun, a verb and 9/11). We are guessing therefore that Giuliani, who is a lawyer, would legally advise us to continue assuming we should take his every oral ejaculation with a gi-normous grain of FULL OF SHIT.

In that spirit, here's Roodles the Poodle saying on the Fox Biz'ness Network that no way no how were rogue FBI agents in the New York field office leaking secrets to him in September and October of 2016 about how they had just discovered Hillary emails on Anthony Weiner's JizzBook laptop:

Giuliani said that he and former FBI agents knew "by instinct that the New York office was enraged by what Comey had done," when he was asked on Fox Business Network about his advanced knowledge about the reopening of the Clinton probe.

"I never got a leaked information from any FBI agent," he said. "I haven't talked to an on-duty FBI agent, except for background checks, in a couple years. That information he's talking about came from retired FBI agents who were speculating about what was going to go on."

O RLY? Maybe we should refer to the top of this post and put those quotes through our Rudy Giuliani Bullshit test module to see if Giuliani is completely full of shit, and what a surprise, SURVEY SAYS YES!

Because we think Giuliani is saying he and those retired FBI agents just felt inside their hearts that the FBI was about to shit all over Hillary Clinton. Is that what he is saying?

Let's review a couple of Giuliani's TV quotes, from right before that fateful day when James Comey decided to blow an election:

Two days before FBI director James Comey rocked the world ... Rudy Giuliani was on Fox, where he volunteered, un-prodded by any question: "I think he's [Donald Trump] got a surprise or two that you're going to hear about in the next few days. I mean, I'm talking about some pretty big surprises."

Pressed for specifics, he said: "We've got a couple of things up our sleeve that should turn this thing around."

And:

"The other rumor that I get is that there's a kind of revolution going on inside the FBI about the original conclusion [not to charge Clinton] being completely unjustified and almost a slap in the face to the FBI's integrity," said Giuliani. "I know that from former agents. I know that even from a few active agents."

Rumors of a revolution! But not the kinds of rumors you hear directly from FBI agents, just the kind you hear from retired FBI agents who are speculating about rumors they have heard from active FBI agents? Suuuuuuuure, buddy.

Maybe Giuliani is dicking us around with semantics because he didn't personally let FBI New York field office agents leak all over him. Maybe they did that to Giuliani's buddy Jim Kallstrom, who used to run the goddamn New York field office, and who also goes on Fox News all the time. He and Roodles are BESTIES.

According to the Daily Beast, Kallstrom got some leaks directly from active FBI agents:

By Sept. 28, Kallstrom said he'd been contacted by hundreds of people, including "a lot of retired agents and a few on the job," declaring the agents "involved in this thing feel like they've been stabbed in the back." So, he said, "I think we're going to see a lot more of the facts come out in the course of the next few months. That's my prediction."

Huh. So all these conspiracy twats in the New York FBI field office -- fucking dorks who may literally masturbate to Clinton Cash -- were whining all summer and fall after James Comey refused to put Hillary Clinton in email jail (based on their dumbass assumptions about an investigation they weren't even on), and then in late September of 2016, the New York office found those emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop. "By Sept. 28," per Daily Beast, Kallstrom was getting ALL THE LEAKS.

And we're just a-guessin' he told his dipshit pal Rudy Giuliani, who immediately went on TV to blab his fucking facehole, like he always does.

Glad Giuliani went ahead and cleared up the question of whether or not he's full of shit, though. It is just some brand spankin' new information we had not figured out for ourselves.

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@aravosis Yup. The Holocaust didn't start with death camps. It was a slow, steady creep from hate speech and dehumanization to murder. We're on the same slippery slope. We need to stop it before it's too late.

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As children are being held hostage by a deranged lunatic & assholes-guess what they fucking #GOPTraitors are doing?
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The Four Desires Driving All Human Behavior: Bertrand Russell’s Magnificent Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech – Brain Pickings

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Eleanor Roosevelt reads the Declaration of Human Rights.

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Enter the Trumptocracy where many politicians no longer even pretend to have a moral compass. Groups within our society complain of PCism and the burden of giving a s**t what you say or how you come across (I mean, what's the point of language, right?) twitter.com/itsthelonggame…

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The White House Bible Study group that influenced Trump’s family separation policy – ThinkProgress

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Breaking through the administration’s lies on immigration - Columbia Journalism Review

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Reuben the Bulldog: Who Chewed That?

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Ex-CIA head compares US immigration policy to Nazi Germany

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Even for a Dreadful System, Trump’s Immigration Policy Is a Disgrace | Vanity Fair

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Trump accelerates rate of taking migrant kids from parents

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Trump Blames Democrats for Family Separation Crisis and Letting Immigrants “Infest Our Country” – Mother Jones

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Former ICE Director: Some migrant family separations are permanent

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Jeff Sessions Charged With ‘Child Abuse’ by United Methodist Church After Implementing Child Separation Policy

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U.S. Plans to Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Today - Bloomberg

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Message to my history teacher, whom I once asked why no one stopped concentration camps: NEVER MIND

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White House thought ripping families apart was a great midterm strategy

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If Your Church is Silent This Week—You May Want to Leave it

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Here Are 21 Facts That Explain Who Trump Aide Stephen Miller Is | Alternet

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Here Are 21 Facts That Explain Who Trump Aide Stephen Miller Is | Alternet

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Tent city for immigrant children in Texas | Reuters.com

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Stephen Miller, the Man Behind Family Separation - The Atlantic

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What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’

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Republicans back Trump on family separations, but US mainstream doesn't | MSNBC

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3 states are pulling National Guard troops from the US-Mexico border in protest over Trump's family separation policy - AOL News

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If not me, then who? – Tara Patterson – Medium

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