Thursday, June 21, 2018

So Trump Has Suddenly Found "Compassion" To Stop Family Separations? Don't Buy It For A second!

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" many more of those migrant kids can I send to concentration camps?"

Let us first accept as an axiom that the Trump cabal lies habitually and basically anything they say can be treated as a LIE. The evidence for this - all objective - has been on display the past week or so as various lies, large and small, have been trotted out not only by Trump (e.g. "I can't change this, only congress can!", "the Dems are responsible for the law they have to change it." etc.) as well as Kristjen Nielsen i.e.. "This is not a policy. Period!".

So given this axiom, then nothing the Trump bunch says or does can be accepted at face value which brings us to the alleged "executive order" signed by Trump yesterday following which which many media sources say he "caved in" or "retreated".  Horse pockey!

These media nabobs  appear to have fallen hook, line and sinker for Trump's  latest 'rope a dope' that he has stopped the child separations from parents with an executive order. Well, here's a newsflash for any who've fallen for this bull shit: NONE of those 2,342  separated kids - now "gone to the four winds" - are to be grandfathered into Trump's supposed "compassionate" E.O.   Trump may have signed an executive order to end the separation of families at the southern border, but his administration is not making any special efforts to immediately reunite the 2,342 children who have already been separated from their parents under his “zero tolerance” policy.

 That means none of those kids - including the toddlers and infants interred at the child concentration camps...errrr..."tender age shelters" -   are to be reunited with their parents anytime soon.

Indeed, as one commentator put it on 'All In'  last night, these forlorn kids have been sent off to the 4 winds, many still suffering from bedbugs, chickenpox, lice and other diseases, as NY Mayor  Bill DeBlasio described in an interview on New York One.

SO Trump's pathological lies continue on an epic scale, and since the fish rots from the head down, it follows his lackeys will continue to lie too.

According to an analysis by The Post’s Fact Checker through the end of May, Trump had made 3,251 false or misleading claims in 497 days — an average of 6.5 such claims per day of his presidency," Parker writes. But this rate seems to be increasing, she notes.

According to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman :

"Trump is lying, obfuscating and inventing his own version of reality more frequently - a period that began post-Cohen raid but which intensified in recent days.

Two major issues have prompted a deluge of new falsehoods,  Parker notes: the FBI inspector general report on Hillary Clinton's email investigation, and the administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the border.

Basically, Trump has had to compulsively lie in the latter case - using every permutation of falsity - to cover his fat ass that HE was the one who implemented the zero tolerance policy barely 60 days ago. HE and HE alone, not the Dems, not Obama, not Bush Jr. or Bill Clinton.  

In regard to this executive order, let's be clear it does not and cannot override the Flores Agreement, i.e. that children cannot be detained for more than 20 days.  Now, since the bullshit executive order  says ok, kids and adults can be together - but  still detained - that means those kids again must be separated after twenty days.  Trump likely knew this all along, which is why this E.O. is just a fig leaf to shelter him and his odious administration from public blow back on his hideous policy.

Sessions has evidently asked a federal judge in California to modify the Flores Agreement so that the kids can be detained longer with parents (hence not be separated) but that is doubtful.  Without modification of the agreement, congress has less than 3 weeks to come up with a permanent solution, and there is no evidence at all they will, or can.

And again, there is nothing being done at all to reunite the 2,342 kids (including infants, toddlers) already separated - and who are now spread across 17 states- thanks to the Trump Nazis spiriting them out on covert plane flights.  (The major commercial airlines have now adopted a non-cooperation policy so will no longer be flying kids to other destinations while their parents are incarcerated.)

According to Sen. Tim Kaine, on 'All In' last night:

"If they are not going to reunite these kids with their families, then the American public needs to stay outraged until they do. This is a humanitarian atrocity that this administration created - a separation of families, devastating to the children and devastating to the parents."

The executive order itself, has loopholes large enough to drive proverbial 'Mack trucks' through, i.e.

"it is the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together, where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources."

In other words, if those available resources are lacking there will be no obligation - according to the E.O. - to maintain family unity.   Four major questions also surface as one inspects the content of the E.O.:

1) Will the families be detained indefinitely?

2) Where will the families be detained?

3) What will be the process to determine their future status?

4) Will you still treat lawful asylum seekers as criminals?

The last hearkens back to Sessions' statement last week that the U.S. will no longer treat well founded claims, e.g. of escaping from violence, as admissible. If not admissible for asylum the migrants then become criminals.

This again is Nazi type thinking.  Criminalize all those deemed 2nd class humans.

In the words of  Gov. Andrew Cuomo, also interviewed last night by Hayes, and filing a lawsuit against the Trump admin.:

"I don't think the deception has stopped. I believe the executive order is a sham. I think it was a press release to vent some of the anger. I don't even think it's legally enforceable. The executive order says they're going to set up family detention centers. The only problem is there are no family detention centers. 

There is the Flores case, where this has been litigated for twenty years.  And the  Court has said you cannot put young people in a detention center with adults except for a very brief period of time. So you can't set up a family detention center.  And then you see the words in the executive order as allowed by law and available resources.  But the court is not going to allow them to put young people in detention centers. That is how we got here in the first place."

This also appears to comport with what long time Flores case specialist Peter Schey said last night on Lawrence O'Donnell's 'Last Word'.  This is in reference to the Trumpies trying to modify the Flores Agreement to allow placing kids with parents in unlicensed facilities. (The Flares case only allowed licensed facilities and only for the limited 20 day period).

Further, as Mr. Schey emphasized, the Flores Agreement specifically detailed all licensed facilities had to be equipped with the means to deal with children, including staff having the requisite training to ensure the psychological well being as well as health of child detainees. This emphatically will hot apply if the kids are shipped off with their parents to military bases, as the despicable Trumpies want.

Given as Gov. Cuomo said, the chances of getting those licensed facilities - as permanent detention venues- are slim and none, then we finally do see what a sickening sham this E.O. is. And as Mr. Schey added, there is no plan at all to reunite those already separated thousands of kids with parents.

Conclusion: This executive order about which so much is being made in terms of 'retreat" is merely another cynical lie at the expense of those isolated kids, and the trust of the American people. The sooner these sick bastards go down in flames, the better!

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And:  From Henry Giroux  Henry Giroux's picture


Separating children from their parents is indeed a form of terrorism and it points not only to a society that has lost its moral compass, but has also descended into such darkness that it demands both the loudest forms of moral outrage and a collective resistance aimed at eliminating the narratives, power relations and values that support it.

Amnesty International has called Trump’s current decision to separate children from their parents and warehouse them in cages and tents as a cruel policy that amounts to “nothing short of torture.” Many of the parents whose children have been taken away from them entered the country legally, unwittingly exposing what resembles a state-sanctioned policy of racial cleansing.

And:  From Jill Richardson Jill Richardson's picture


"I grew up in a wealthy, white, educated family, and I was born a U.S. citizen. I was able to get therapy. Most of the children Trump is locking in cages likely won’t get that opportunity. Already pediatricians are warning about the lasting damage they’re likely to suffer from this cruel treatment.
Now we’ve found out why Trump is doing this: It’s a bargaining chip in order to get his dumb wall, even though net migration across the border has been zero or negative in recent years (and a wall would scarcely prevent it anyhow)"

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