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June 18, 2018

National Horror Story: never forget

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Except when we do.

What a terrific Father’s Day weekend that was, wasn’t it?


  1. this is why winning a majority – not assuming one – is important

    Comment by MP — June 18, 2018 @ 6:52 am

  2. We need to reform our immigration policy. Two bills are currently in Congress. At the same time, even the naive should recognize that drugs and child smuggling are a significant and lucrative part of illegal immigration controlled by Mexican cartels. The cartels have perfected the smuggling model. It is not a Trump problem but an American problem.

    I am a Democrat, but I can read and have a memory…

    From USA Today

    “The policies about placing unaccompanied minors with sponsors and separating children from their families were in place during the Obama administration. They go back to the administration of President George W. Bush.

    In 2016, when Barack Obama was president, a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee released a report that said department officials failed to establish procedures that protected unaccompanied minors. Per t hat report, children were placed with traffickers who forced them to work on egg farms in Marion, Ohio.”

    From Newsweek:

    “In fiscal year 2013, under the Barack Obama administration, the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) had as many as 25,000 unaccompanied children in its care across 80 shelters, according to a July 2014 article in Mother Jones.“

    Under the law, those seeking asylum should not cross the border illegally but instead cross at a port of entry and apply for asylum under present US law. Inflammatory rhetoric by both sides does not solve this problem.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — June 18, 2018 @ 8:52 am

    • Thank you, nowyouknow. Sometimes the only difference between Trump and previous administrations is the press coverage.

      Comment by vigi — June 18, 2018 @ 9:11 am

      • Nah, it’s the implementation and then the outright lying.

        Comment by Lauren Do — June 18, 2018 @ 9:24 am

      • Don’t forget the corruption, self dealing, intentional sabotage of alliances, gross incompetence, obstruction of justice, treasonous dealings with enemies and daily embarrassment of the nation. Other than & plus gratuitous cruelty to children, yeah, it’s exactly the same as previous administrations.

        Comment by face palm — June 18, 2018 @ 10:01 am

    • What has changed, if my understanding is correct, is the new decision to prosecute as a criminal matter all illegal border crossings. That option has probably existed for a long time, but my understanding is that it was not exercised. When you do exercise it, that means that the minor children get separated from the adults being held on criminal charges. My understanding is also that illegal border crossings are at low levels relatively speaking, so why the need to go this route when it necessarily results in separation? Does Trump believe in “zero tolerance” across the board?

      Comment by MP — June 18, 2018 @ 9:16 am

      • Cosign +100

        Comment by Lauren Do — June 18, 2018 @ 9:35 am

      • note: although that last question is obviously rhetorical, I can see how the “believe in” part of it might throw some for a loop.

        Comment by MP — June 18, 2018 @ 9:40 am

    • How can you not be inflamed, witnessing what’s happening to these innocent children!!

      And they are reciting Bible verses to support their policies.

      We can’t afford to be calm in light of this administration’s policies.

      Comment by Karen — June 18, 2018 @ 12:17 pm

  3. Facing outcry over family separation, the DHS Chief says
    “We will not apologize”.

    This is Trump’s policy to separate children from their mothers. Trump’s policies, Trump’s Republican Party, some are saying Trump’s America. It’s heartbreaking!

    Comment by Karen — June 18, 2018 @ 12:49 pm

  4. The Roundup

    Comment by Holly — June 18, 2018 @ 3:11 pm

  5. It’s the parents that make the decision to get rid of their kids in order to illegally enter the country.

    Comment by jarfree — June 18, 2018 @ 5:24 pm

    • So?

      Comment by MP — June 18, 2018 @ 6:02 pm

      • “I think the White House can fix it if they want to—I don’t think there’s any question about that,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah).

        Comment by MP — June 18, 2018 @ 8:03 pm

      • Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz said he plans to introduce legislation this week that would create new temporary shelters to keep families together while asylum cases are pending, and other GOP senators were proposing similar measures.

        “All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers. This must stop. Now,” Mr. Cruz said in a statement.

        Comment by MP — June 18, 2018 @ 8:06 pm

  6. So let em…

    Comment by jarfree — June 18, 2018 @ 6:03 pm

  7. This problem has been around for alot longer than Trump…
    If people are serious call for devestment from CCA and the GEO Group among other companies.

    Comment by michonnekatana — June 18, 2018 @ 10:13 pm

  8. MP, I hope you’re right. The Republicans like to use issues like this (remember DACA) as a carrot to get what they want — and then if they don’t get what they want, they blame it on the Democrats. During the tax debate — on three separate occasions, they put DACA on the table only to take it away. We still don’t have a policy for the Dreamers today.

    The Republicans in Congress are taking cues from their President — the “Art of the Deal”. Trump wants the country to pay for the “Wall” — the Wall that was supposed to be paid by Mexico.

    I hope I’m wrong, but it appears as if the President and the Republican Congress are using these children as hostage — to get their Wall so the President can keep his campaign promise to his base.

    Comment by Karen — June 19, 2018 @ 6:27 am

    • I cite those Republican Senators only to show that they are on record admitting that this is wrong and that the immediate cause of it is the Trump administration. You are correct that the GOP has not been much of a restraint on Trump. To the contrary, most often it seems they contort themselves out of fear of Trump. Hopefully, a much needed counterweight emerges in November.

      Comment by MP — June 19, 2018 @ 7:55 am

  9. Regardless of your opinion on immigration, one would hope that children would be kept under circumstances meeting the minimum requirements for, say, foster care or parenting. Any parent that kept their child in a cage under lights for 24 hours would have that child taken away. This is in humane on so many levels, including the legal acceptable care of children.

    Comment by Dj — June 19, 2018 @ 7:24 am

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