John Cassidy at The New Yorker writes—Why a Rogue President Was Forced to Back Down on Family Separation: Why did Donald Trump reverse himself on Wednesday and call an end to his policy of separating migrant families detained at the southern border? It was clear from the start that the policy was cruel, heartless, and unnecessary. Although there has been a spike in the number of asylum seekers in recent months, the overall number of undocumented immigrants coming into the United States from Mexico and other Latin American countries is significantly lower than it was a decade ago. There is no “crisis” at the southern border, except the humanitarian one of Trump’s own making. Trump’s picture of the United States being swamped—or, in his words, “infested”—by Latino migrants is a fantasy that he concocted to whip up the racial fears and antipathies of his core supporters. Clearly, Trump didn’t make this U-turn because he had grown tired of fear-mongering and racial incitement, or because he had experienced a crisis of conscience. (It’s far from clear that he’s even capable of such a thing.) He reversed course because he had no choice politically. Although he often adopts the rhetoric and body language of an authoritarian strongman, he’s an elected politician. And in the face of mass outrage, bipartisan opposition, and condemnation from church groups and other civil-society institutions, the child-separation policy was no longer sustainable. But Trump didn’t reverse the policy of “zero tolerance” that his Administration introduced in May, which obliges immigration agents to arrest and detain anybody who crosses the border outside an official entry point. The Times reported that the new executive order was designed “to get around an existing 1997 consent decree, known as the Flores settlement, that prohibits the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention—even if they are with their parents—for more than 20 days.” If Trump gets his way, families stopped at the border will now be detained indefinitely under the custody of ice. That is precisely the outcome that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit deemed illegal in a 2016 ruling about the Flores settlement [...] Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES “To cheapen the lives of any group of men, cheapens the lives of all men, even our own. This is a law of human psychology, or human nature. And it will not be repealed by our wishes, nor will it be merciful to our blindness.” ~~William Pickens TWEET OF THE DAY xAnyone who can walk 3 grueling months with a child to escape death and violence and want a better life, can live next to me any damn time. #MorningJoe— Luke (@JDLuckenbach) June 20, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2006—Bush admin used phone record brokers to bypass search warrants: Remember those online phone record brokers where you could buy anyone's records for a fee? Aravosis underscored how nefarious those services were by buying Wesley Clark's records and the subsequent attention led the House to unanimously pass a bill outlawing the practice. Well, guess who was a big customer of those phone records? Yeah, I gave it away in the title of this post, but it still boggles my mind. The Bush Administration. Aravosis explains: [T]oday we learn that the federal government and local police were using these questionably-legal online data brokers to get YOUR private phone records without the necessary search warrants. Yes, the Bush administration once again didn't go to courts of law to get search warrants when it was supposed to. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter round up the day’s outrages. President Baby Jails spends his day lying about Ivanka, fundraising & bashing reverse Canadian shoe smugglers. Are we all «just doing our jobs?» Flight attendants give us a heads up. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Late in the Rachel Maddow Show live broadcast on MSNBC, the host received word about the breaking Associated Press story that there are three newly discovered detention centers that are specifically for babies and toddlers taken by the U.S. government for migrant children. Watch as Maddow attempts to read the lede on live television. xRachel 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/O6crm8cvyRÃ¢ÂÂ Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) June 20, 2018 These detention centers are absolutely revolting. These babies are being stolen and will many will NEVER be reunited with their parents. From the Associated Press: Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.
I had a conversation with a friend last night about the nature of evil. She’s someone who’s very new-age spiritual in mindset, and we’ve had variations of this discussion before, but her perspective drives me nuts because she’s someone who should be smart enough to know better. The gist of her argument is a moral relativism which states there is no objective right and wrong in the universe. There are only differing viewpoints. So, for example, slavery is not evil per se, just a case of differing values and the context of the environments in which those values formed. And, to this end, in talking about Trump and conservative support for child abuse on our southern border, this friend of mine stated she didn’t think it was “evil,” just the fact privileged people don’t have the background or life experience to have an empathetic view towards people in this situation. I believe this is absolute bullshit. If someone sees suffering in front of them, or is told their actions are harming another, a person’s indifference to or rationalizations for it is evil. Because that’s what evil is: extreme selfishness. Whether it be slavery, pedophilia, child abuse, or just your average, every day dickish behavior towards one’s fellow man, all of them have in common that someone somewhere decided their pleasure and comfort were more important than someone else’s pain. This friend I’m talking about is also a vegan who in the past has lectured me about how I’m “consuming” the suffering and negative spiritual energy of an animal every time I have a cheeseburger or drink dairy. Well, if that’s true, then what the hell kind of consumption is going on when people either actively cheer, make excuses for, or are indifferent to children screaming for their parents? The past 50 years of the conservative movement has been based in selfishness. Whether it’s a “fuck you, I got mine!” rejection of any social safety net, a need to impose their own religious tenets on others, or a glee from spite (i.e., “suck it, libtards”) when they destroy anything a Democratic president has accomplished, all of it is selfish. It’s always rooted in an individualism which borders on narcissism that’s all about them. It’s not about society. It’s not about the future. It’s about expressions of their needs and insecurities. All of this, in and of itself, has been bad enough, but it’s the sanctimonious rationalizations which piss me off the most. Over the past year, I’ve written a lot about conservatives seeing themselves as victims and how that mirrors trends in popular culture. But it also has some rather disturbing historical implications as well. Because … history may not repeat, but it sure does rhyme.
Maybe this price tag will so offend House Speaker Paul Ryan's sensibilities that he'll finally want to do something about it: $580,000 in shelter costs each day for keeping families apart. That's the Kaiser Family Foundation's calculation based on the spending for shelter beds in fiscal year 2014. That's for the 2,342 children HHS has reported separated from their families, but they note that «estimates suggest that daily costs for tent-based shelters could be over three times higher than this FY 2014 average.» That's the fiscal cost which increases to $17.4 million every 30 days. The moral costs can't be weighed. The damage that's being wrought on the health of these families—right now and in the future—is also incalculable. In the short term, toxic stress can increase the risk and frequency of infections in children as high levels of stress hormones suppress the body's immune system. It can also result in developmental issues due to reduced neural connections to important areas of the brain. Toxic stress is associated with damage to areas of the brain responsible for learning and memory. Over the long term, toxic stress may manifest as poor coping skills and stress management, unhealthy lifestyles, adoption of risky health behaviors, and mental health issues, such as depression. Toxic stress is also associated with increased rates of physical conditions into adulthood, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity, ischemic heart disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Consider the trauma that they've already suffered—the violence at home, the long and arduous journey to the border. Now their families are being ripped from their families, perhaps never to be reunited. To understand just how damaging this will be for these children—for their entire lives—read this from former Naval officer and professor at the University of Idaho Michael Satz, who experienced it first hand as a foster child. Despite Satz's numerous achievements in life, he still suffers PTSD from that experience: «I went to a good home and have a fantastic mother who loves me now and loved me then. I got an education, joined the military, became an attorney and am now an educator. With all of that going for me, I still face the trauma of that day regularly.» These children will not have all those advantages. Trump is needlessly and maliciously creating a generation of broken people. Can you give $5 to help keep immigrant families together—or bring them back together after separation?
Parents and children tend to get upset when men with guns forcibly separate them and throw them in prisons, all for the crime of trying to obtain a better life and pursuing the one-time American dream. There are now reports surfacing of young children, toddlers and infants, being left in rooms to care for each other. Traumatized toddlers screaming out for their parents with no books, no toys, no parents in sight. I’m going to caution you right now, the details of this report from the Center for Investigative Reporting will enrage you because it details a new lawsuit over the children detained in the Shiloh Treatment Center just south of Houston regularly being injected with powerful drugs, drugs that were disguised as “vitamins.” The horrific details from Reveal News: Parents and the children themselves told attorneys the drugs rendered them unable to walk, afraid of people and wanting to sleep constantly, according to affidavits filed April 23 in U.S. District Court in California. One mother said her child fell repeatedly, hitting her head, and ended up in a wheelchair. A child described trying to open a window and being hurled against a door by a Shiloh supervisor, who then choked her until she fainted. “The supervisor told me I was going to get a medication injection to calm me down,” the girl said. “Two staff grabbed me, and the doctor gave me the injection despite my objection and left me there on the bed.” Forensic psychiatrist Mark. J. Mills told Reveal it was an outrage to see these drugs used in the U.S., like they once were in Russia. “You don’t need to administer these kinds of drugs unless someone is plucking out their eyeball or some such. The facility should not use these drugs to control behavior. That’s not what antipsychotics should be used for. That’s like the old Soviet Union used to do.” Read more at Reveal News about the abuse and the huge contracts being awarded to facilities like Shiloh, despite their record of abuse.
Now was a really bad time for the occupier of the Oval Office and his squatter at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, to try to play this particular game with naming a permanent CFPB director. Trump and Mulvaney decided to put forward one of Mulvaney's lackeys from his permanent job directing the Office of Management and Budget. Whether they chose Kathy Kraninger because she would be a good foot soldier and do whatever Mulvaney wants her to, or whether they picked someone wholly unqualified who will be in protracted nomination fight and thus let Mulvaney stay in the job until it's resolved, they asked for trouble they didn't anticipate. That's because Kraninger, in her job at OMB, is in charge of overseeing the programs at Homeland Security and the Justice Department. The agencies implementing Trump's «zero-tolerance» policy. The agencies responsible for kidnapping and jailing babies. Two Democratic senators are demanding she answer for that. In a letter to Kraninger, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) ask for documentation from her on her role in those policies. Her job involves not just budget preparation, the letter argues, but also «ongoing policy and management guidance» and «overseeing 'implementation of policy options.'» The senators request copies of emails, memos, and other documents detailing work Kraninger did on relevant border policies. «The American people deserve to know what role you have played in developing and implementing this appalling process,» write the senators. Warren followed up with a tweet saying «I will put a hold on her nomination—& fight it at every step—until she turns over all documents about her role in this.» She shouldn't have to put on a hold. Every member of the Senate should be asking for this information from her, especially those thirteen Republicans on the record asking Attorney General Sessions to halt family separation. If they care, if they're truly horrified, they will use every tool at their disposal to fight Trump on it. Including this nomination. Can you give $5 to help keep immigrant families together—or bring them back together after separation?
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