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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Trump's America

Shame on America. Shame on us all for allowing this monster and his administration to do this to innocent children.

This is not the America I grew up in, and it is not an America to salute and feel pride in. Not now. Not while children are ripped away from their parents and are being held in cages, sleeping on cement floors. 

Shame on Trump. 

He has brought unimaginable shame on America.

“The tiniest kid at the front of the line, he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He was 4, maybe 5 years old.”

BREAKING: Senator Merkley (D-OR) was finally provided a tour of the facility that houses once accompanied children who have been separated from their parents orguardian by ICE.

Keeping children in cages when they are not criminals, making them sleep on concrete floor for months at a time without due process because Trump reduced legal funding resources for them and caused gridlock in the courts, forcing them to remain longer in these private, tax dollar-funded facilities. This is done merely as a punishment. Is this who we are now as a nation?

Previously, the children would remain with their parent(s) until they were to appear in court. Trump and Jeff Sessions made it so that now they end up incarcerated in the beginning as a means of punishment.

Share this to help stop this practice of punishing children. H/T Teresa Saldivar

Although he wasn't allowed to take photos, below is the oral statement from Senator Merkley via The Nation:

The makeup of that processing center is shocking when you see it, but let me go to the heart of the issue. The issue is this new policy of, when families are seeking asylum, their children are torn away from them and sent who knows where.

The parents are beside themselves not knowing what happened to their kids, and they never know if they’ll see them again. The kids are going through the second version of trauma. Families seeking asylum have by definition experienced trauma abroad, and perhaps trauma en route. So finally they get to the border, and they think “finally, we’re safe.”

But instead they’re put into this prison-like facility, and separated, and put through this new drama. I’ll tell you what was very difficult to see. One room had smaller cyclone fences—they look like the way you construct a dog kennel. They’re larger, but that’s the thought that comes to mind when you see them. Then they have these space blankets [light foil blankets], which is a very strange sight, to see kids using a space blanket as a cushion—but they don’t provide any cushion—or as a cover for privacy. There’re no mattresses in that section.

After they go through interviews, they go into a big warehouse. I called them cages, and the White House said that’s unfair, they aren’t cages. Well, call it a cell, then. It’s a cyclone-fence-constructed area. There were all these boys in this big enclosure, maybe three to four dozen boys, and they lined up, from smallest to largest, to get ready to go eat. The tiniest kid at the front of the line, he was knee-high to a grasshopper; he was 4, maybe 5 years old. They go up to age 16 or 17.

Young boys sleep in a holding cell U.S. Customs and
Two female detainees sleep in a holding cell U.S. Customs bbbbbb

The Evangelical "Family Values" hypocrites elected Donald Trump, and this is how he treats innocent children who have been ripped away from their mothers and fathers. 

Worse, IMO, than Bush's Abu Ghraib. These children are as young as 4 years old. The UN Human Rights Division has told the US to stop this monstrous assault on babies and children.

Is this how Trump makes America great? Rounding up babies and children and putting them in cages?

‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father



skudrunner said...

So the answer is to take someone who has committed a criminal act by entering the country illegally and have the US commit another criminal act by placing children in incarceration with adults, which is not allowed. I realize it is OK to have men use women's rest rooms but to allow children to be housed with adults seems a bit harsh don't you think.

There is an answer to all of this and that is to pass meaningful immigration reform and do something for the American citizen. Now that we have more jobs than those willing to work we need immigrant workers to fill the void. How about eliminate welfare for those who can work but won't, bad idea I know.

Grey One talks sass said...

Excellent Right Wing Nazi talking points skudrunner. Too bad they reveal your total lack of humanity.

Shaw - I used to wonder how the German public back in the day was able to stomach all the people being cooked in the ovens. After some research I discovered the camps didn't smell much worse than a fast food burger joint. I've not been able to eat at a fast food burger joint since learning that fact, but I'm also a sensitive and Empath; others mileage will vary.

Every day humans have an unique opportunity to be either good or evil. It saddens me to my core that most chose to be evil, to celebrate hate and intolerance of anyone considered Other. The skuds comments above prove my point. Thanks for the assist there skud.

Dave Miller said...

Skud, you know all of us support comprehensive immigration reform. There’s little argument there. At least you are willing to admit what we’ve said for years... there are not enough ppl in America to fill all the jobs we have.

As for workfare, the great majority of ppl on welfare work all day caring for kids and family. The actual number of able bodied slackers is pretty low.

Adam said...

I've seen animals treated better than these kids. You'd almost believe these were pictures of a run-down dog pound if you didn't realize there were humans inside.

skudrunner said...

Rev, I hope you don't believe what you stated about workfare (nice title BTW). Yes there are a number of people who take care of family but the majority, come on no one believes that. Welfare is a government handout that takes away the incentive to work for a living. It pays more than most entry level jobs but it does buy votes. Even BJ tried to reform welfare but he failed and as everyone know it is difficult to take back free stuff.

As to your comment about comparing what the US is doing and the Germans is absurd. It is against the law, not tat that matters, to incarcerate adults and children in the same place and if it is unconscionable than apply for entry not break the law.

Why is it that you support breaking the law for some but then if others are accused of breaking the law they should be impeached.

Dave Miller said...

Skud... Workfare I believe is what President Clinton called the reform efforts of the 90's. I claim no credit. I also don't take credit for reality. There are many studies that show majorities of families receiving welfare, do indeed have people working outside the home. They just are unable to make enough to make ends meet.

The numbers simply do not bear out the opinion a lot of conservatives have that people on welfare are just a bunch of slackers lying around all day doing nothing so they can be on the government dole.

Many politicians have used that trope so they can demonize minority people as total losers, unwilling to work and just wanting the government to subsidize them. Sadly, when confronted with the facts of many more white ppl on welfare than ppl of color, white coal workers on welfare because there is literally no work in areas of Appalachia and even flight attendants, a supposedly good job, on food stamps because of low pay, they resort to snarky and often time ad hominem attacks.

Like you, rather than deal with facts, for example as they relate to immigration, they look for ways to score points, because it's easier.

A couple of BTW's... I'm not ordained, so the title of Reverend is not appropriate. Second, I have no idea what you are talking about when you mentioned the Germans and supporting ppl who break the law.

Shaw Kenawe said...


It's interesting that people like our friend skud go after the desperately poor on welfare, but have nothing to say about subsidies for billionaire oil companies, NFL franchises and the tax breaks for their stadia, and pensions for life for Congresscritters. It's always easier to trash the helpless. Remember how Jesus did that?

Shaw Kenawe said...

Adam, it's a damnable disgrace what Trump has done to those children. But I'm not surprised.

skudrunner said...

Rev, Your story changed so my response is still valid for those who can work but choose not to. There are plenty of jobs for those who want to work. You make it about race, pretty much a leftist answer to everything, but it is about personal responsibility regardless of skin color. I dfon't think the taxpayer should support someone who chooses not to work even if they are purple.

Ms Shaw, we are on the same page as to tax breaks. Cities give away millions to build stadiums and to companies who locate there. They then expect the taxpayer to pay for the additional infrastructure to support the give a way's.

I guess you support keeping kids in jail with adults, talk about inhumane.

Jerry Critter said...

Actually, the biggest government handouts are not to the unemployed or working poor. The biggest handouts are to the ultra-rich through a variety of tax deductions and specialized tax benefits that only they can take advantage of.