Trump Administration Can’t Reunify Families It Broke Apart

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NBC: The Justice Department asked a federal judge this afternoon to extend the court mandated deadlines for reuniting nearly 3,000 migrant children who were separated from their parents while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Attorneys for the U.S. government claimed the court mandate for returning all children under age 5 to their parents by July 10 and all other children by July 26 does not … Read More

Huge Scandal If True

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At least 40 immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits have been discharged or now have questionable futures in the country despite having been promised citizenship in exchange for their military service, the Associated Press reports. Per the AP, some who have been discharged said they didn’t get an answer as to why, while others said they were told “they’d been labeled … Read More

This Is Some Serious Government Intimidation Shit

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CBS: In his first television interview, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson James Schwab has opened up about why he abruptly resigned in March. But his interview with CBS News’ Jamie Yuccas on Wednesday was unexpectedly interrupted by agents identifying themselves as agents from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s Office. “They just said that they wanted to talk to me … Read More

More Proof That Evangelicals Have No Ethical Basis Grounded In Christian Tenets

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The Public Religion Research Institute is out with a survey of, among other items, immigration. In general, the pollsters found: Americans largely reject the policy whereby families entering the country without permission are treated as criminals and children are separated from their parents. Only 22% of the public expresses support for this policy. More than seven in ten (71%) Americans oppose such … Read More

Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration To Reunite Famiiles

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Last night, a federal judge in San Diego granted a preliminary injunction requested by the American Civil Liberties Union. Judge Dana M. Sabraw ordered that all families separated at the border by the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy be reunited within 30 days, 14 days for children under 5. Parents must be allowed to speak to their children by phone within 10 … Read More

SCOTUS Upholds Travel Ban 3.0 And We’re Never Going To Hear The End Of It

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Third time is a charm. The Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s most recent travel ban today in a 5-4 decision, ruling that it falls within the president’s traditional power to control immigration policy.  The Court split was on ideological grounds, with Kennedy siding with the majority. The travel ban was Trump’s first big policy announcement, touching off first big policy-specific … Read More

Trump Defeats His Own Call For Immigration Bill

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Trump’s tweets today come as House Republicans have been struggling to wrangle support for a comprehensive immigration bill. Yesterday, Republicans decided to postpone a vote on it for the second time in less than a day. Senate and House leaders have also been trying to find a bill that would end family separations at the border. South Carolina Republican Rep. … Read More

Breaking: Trump Signs Executive Order on Family Separation

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What just happened: President Donald Trump officially reversed his debunked argument that he had no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families at the border. Trump’s climbdown came after he faced intense pressure from across the political spectrum and from religious, political and world leaders to halt the separations, which produced days of heart-rending news coverage of crying children … Read More

Baby Jails

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Rachel Maddow last night, trying ot read an AP breaking story about detention centers for babies: Rachel Maddow chokes up and cries on air as she struggles to deliver news that migrant babies and toddlers have been sent to “tender age” shelters pic.twitter.com/O6crm8cvyR — Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 20, 2018 Former Trump Campaign Chair Corey Lewandowski during a discussion about … Read More

Family Separation Policy Goes To Overboil

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There is no absence of opinion on the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” toward immigrants crossing the Southern border — a policy that includes separating children from their parents indefinitely, and detaining them in less-than-stellar conditions (including a “tent city” popping up in a region where the temperatures are often in the high 90s).  All living former first ladies have written … Read More

Ben Sasse – Nine Points on the Trump Family Separation Policy

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From his Facebook page: Many Nebraskans this weekend asked me about the kids at the border. Here’s a short version of what I told them. This is a bit over-simplified, but these are broad brushstrokes of how I understand the situation at present: 1) Family separation is wicked. It is harmful to kids and absolutely should NOT be the default … Read More

Separation of Families At The Border Overshadows Everything

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Control of the narrative shifted away from the sitting president’s control over the weekend as the Trump administration, unaccustomed to concerted resistance, found itself outgunned and outflanked. The Administration took fire for its policy of separating families at border stations. Teams from Congress and thousands of citizens converged on Texas immigrant processing stations along the Texas border and elsewhere to … Read More

United Nations Human Rights Office Tells Trump Administration To Stop Separating Children From Parents At Border

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This is how low we have sunk as a nation.  So much for that Nobel Peace Prize. CNN: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called on the Trump administration to end a policy that could lead to the separation of families detained on the US southern border. Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani expressed “deep concern” … Read More

Fallout From Trump’s Racial Slur About Immigrants From “Shithole Countries”

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“This is CNN Tonight, I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United States is racist. A lot of us already knew that.” <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/n0y4eJ6N6wQ” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe> But political reaction? Very little domestically. The White House did not deny the remarks and one anonymous source said it would probably help Trump with his base. Condemnation from the … Read More

Trumpism And Racism: Part Two — Breaking News

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Holy Shit. Washington Post headline: Uh…. when have you ever seen that word in a headline? Story: President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting. “Why are we … Read More