A pediatric emergency physician who treated three toddlers separated from their parents at the border by the Trump administration has written a horrifying account of the children’s trauma. The children, between ages one and two, were with experienced foster families who, Dr. Tara Neubrand wrote on Facebook, seemed to have real concern and care for them. Nonetheless, they were devastated: «Children this age are rambunctious. They climb on everything, they put things in their mouth that they're not supposed to, they begin to explore the world away from their parents, they begin to seek and to find the limits of their world,» Neubrand wrote in a lengthy Facebook post Monday, which has since gone viral. But the three children who were removed from their parents somewhere along the border «clung so tightly, and so completely, to their foster mothers, both in the ED [emergency department] and at home, that they were literally unable to be put down. They didn't explore the world, they were terrified that their world would be broken for a second time. Their trauma, and the direct effect it was having on their development, was obvious.» And these are the lucky ones. The ones who have foster parents who have dealt with traumatized children before—though not, apparently this much trauma—and who hold them at all times because putting them down leaves them wailing and crying. The ones whose foster parents care enough to say things like “I'm just trying not to ruin his life. He screams every day for his papa, and I don't even know where his papa is.” These are the migrant children who aren’t in cages, and this is their trauma. Now imagine how bad it is for the unlucky ones. We have to fight for these children. Can you give $3 to help reunite them with their parents?
American Airlines is standing up for values and has issued a scathing statement saying they will immediately stop transporting children who have been separated from their parents along the Southern border and are being shipped to places like Michigan. In the statement below, American Airlines says “The family separation process that has been widely publicized is not at all aligned with the values of American Airlines—we bring families together, not apart.” The flight attendants of American Airlines seem to have been big drivers of this action by their corporate bosses. They say they were “sickened” having to take part in the this cruelty. Read the full statement below and if you are a customer of American Airlines, please get their backs and let them know you appreciate their very public stance here. It is crucial for companies to stand up for American values. xBreaking: @AmericanAir says it has asked U.S. government to 'immediately refrain' from transporting migrant children separated from their families at the border on its aircraft. Doesn't acknowledge whether such children have been on previous flights. pic.twitter.com/HFTqASsnI2Ã¢ÂÂ Conor Shine (@Conor_Shine) June 20, 2018 For more community discussion about the flight attendants and their actions, see this community diary from lao hong han.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump signed an executive order repealing protections for the oceans and Great Lakes. Instead, according to The Hill, Trump’s executive order gives priority to “ocean industry” and “particularly oil and natural gas drilling.” With much of the nation’s ire currently directed at the way Trump is demanding billions for his wall as ransom for handing back stolen children, it’s easy to overlook how many other outrages are moving ahead at full speed. Trump is still engaged in an accelerating trade war. He’s still intent on driving a wedge between the US and traditional allies. He hasn’t paused his attacks on the FBI and the investigation. And he hasn’t halted the string of policies designed to boost the use of fossil fuels in the face of not just environmental disasters, but a declining interest from the markets. The order encourages more drilling and other industrial uses of the oceans and Great Lakes. This follows executive orders that Trump has already issued which destroyed the Stream Protection Rule, allowing coal mines to dump waste into streams and rivers. And Trump has removed funding for environmental programs that protect the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay in every one of his budgets. For 2019, the Baltimore Sun reports that Trump’s budget would remove all funding for the Gulf of Mexico. And San Francisco Bay. And the Everglades. And Long Island Sound. And that’s just the start of a long list. After cutting 100 percent of funding for the Great Lakes in his first proposed budget, Trump has compromised this year … cutting it by 90 percent. All of this goes on top of suspending the Waters of the United States rule, which protected large lakes, wetlands and the streams that fed them. That change, made back in January, removed the primary means of protection from about 60 percent of the waters in the country. Trump has systematically removed environmental protection from every pond, stream, river, lake, Great Lake, bay, gulf, and sea shore that touches the United States, as well as protection for the oceans beyond our borders. He’s pressing for the “industrial use” of the ocean at a time when the weight of plastics in the seas threatens to outweigh that of all fish, and thousands of oil and gas wells are being drilled on land across the nation. After all this, Trump still insists that he supports “clean, clean water” … but, where does he think that water comes from?
138 days remain until the November midterm elections Today’s comic by Matt Bors is The fight against tyranny—it's here! • California bill to dump century-and-a-half old law regarding police use of force: Assembly Bill 931 would alter the state’s “reasonable force rule,” enacted in 1872. The bill is pitting civil rights activists against the clout of the influential law enforcement lobby. It requires that police officers consider all nonlethal techniques before using deadly force. It also allows prosecutors and jurors to examine actions leading up to any fatal police shooting. Foes of the bill, which emerged on a party-line vote from a Senate committee this week, say it will hamstring police officers, make it harder for them to defend themselves, and value the hindsight judgment of civilians above the split-second decisions of officers in dangerous situations. Said one Democratic supporter, state Sen. Steven Bradford, a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus: “I have friends and family who are in law enforcement, but they will tell you there is no reverence for life when it comes to black men in this country when facing the majority of law enforcement.” • Defying the Trump administration, Colorado adopts California emissions standards: Governor John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday that Colorado will join 13 other states and DC in adopting California’s greenhouse gas emission standards for cars. The Clean Air Act specifically gives states the right to adopt the Golden States’s stricter standards. The Trump regime seeks to roll back the national standards that freeze limits on emissions at model year 2022 for cars sold in 2022-2025. California’s standards are harmonized with the national standards, under “The National Program” that theObama administration negotiated with automakers in 2011. In a statement, the governor said: “Colorado has a choice. This executive order calls for the state to adopt air quality standards that will protect our quality of life in Colorado. Low emissions vehicles are increasingly popular with consumers and are better for our air. Every move we make to safeguard our environment is a move in the right direction.” • Native tribe opens criminal investigation of incident in which U.S. Border Patrol ran down one of its citizens and drove away without checking his condition: The Tohono O'odham Nation has opened a criminal investigation after one of its citizens was struck by a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle in Arizona on June 14. The investigation was launched after a video taken by the victim showed the Border Patrol vehicle heading straight at him, knocking him down. From flat on his back, he kept the video going as the vehicle kept going. That video that has been viewed more than 484,000 times on Twitter. MIDDAY TWEET xPOTUS gave Standing Bear this peace medal six months after the Ponca Trail of Tears claimed his child and brother. It proclaims «Good Will Toward Men.»A year and a half later when he went to court, the attorney for the U.S. argued that he was not a person with rights under law pic.twitter.com/KP4dPfSJDy— Brett A. Chapman (@brettachapman) June 20, 2018 • With 3 million drones expected in the air by 2022, federal safety oversight behind the times: From February 2014 through April this year, the Federal Aviation Administration has gathered 6,117 reports of potentially unsafe use of drones according to a Government Accountability Office report. An FAA-industry working group stated in December that, while most of these incidents are not a big deal, “There is general consensus that some of the sightings are potentially high risk.” But only 32 incidents have resulted in any enforcement action. One of those involved a drone collision with an Army helicopter and another with a passenger jet. Said Paul Hudson, the president of FlyersRights.org, an airline passenger advocacy group: “I hate to say it, but it’s been proven over and over the safety agencies don’t usually act until there’s blood on the ground. Without some changes, I’m afraid we’re just waiting for the first disaster to occur.” • Burger King apologizes for Russian social media stunt pledging money and a lifetime supply of Whoppers for women who get impregnated by World Cup soccer players: This isn’t the first time the fast food giant has engaged in marketing misogyny. In 2017, as part of a buy one get one free burger offer, Burger King mocked the teenage victim of a rape at a house party. • Bloomberg Energy Outlook shows U.S. on target to get half its electricity from renewable sources by 2050: “Wind and solar are set to surge to almost ‘50 by 50’—50% of world generation by 2050—on the back of precipitous reductions in cost, and the advent of cheaper and cheaper batteries that will enable electricity to be stored and discharged to meet shifts in demand and supply. Coal shrinks to just 11% of global electricity generation by 2050.” • EPI: Surge in self-employment confirmed. But the economic impact is not great: While the count shows “a significant increase in the headcount of nonemployer establishments,” total revenues from such employment have not increased in 20 years. “This indicates that the growth of nonemployer establishments seems to reflect the growth of self-employed individuals operating unincorporated businesses that generate very little revenue.” 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!)
After repeatedly insisting that his administration’s policy of taking asylum-seekers’ children from them at the border is required by law and all the fault of Democrats, Donald Trump will sign an order shifting the policy to one of indefinitely detaining families without separating them. The New York Times reports that Trump, “furious about the pummeling he has taken in recent days, has been casting about for an escape from the crisis, people familiar with his thinking said.” It’s illegal to put kids in jail with their parents, and, the Washington Post reports, three existing family detention centers are already almost full, “meaning ICE would potentially need to place children in its much larger network of immigration jails for adults.” Because releasing people while their asylum cases are heard is unthinkable, if you’re as cruel as Trump. Indefinitely detaining children will face strong legal challenges, but Trump isn’t willing to do the right thing (ha) and back all the way down by ending the “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting all asylum-seekers for the misdemeanor of illegal entry into the United States. Ending that policy is something he could easily do now—or never have started to begin with—because family separation is 100 percent a Trump administration creation. The administration now appears ready to challenge earlier court decisions limiting the amount of time children can be kept in detention. A few of the big questions now are the details of how this will work out, how quickly the court challenges will proceed, and whether families that have already been separated will be reunited.
House Speaker Paul Ryan spent his morning tweeting about the great economic gains since the GOP tax scam was passed. This while news was breaking that Donald Trump is creating concentration camps for babies. Never mind that job growth has been continuing since 2012, and that unemployment has been shrinking since the Obama administration and that his tax bill is adding trillions to the debt. But mostly Trump. Is. Taking. Babies. Hostage. And Ryan is ruling out the possibility of doing any kind of stand-alone bill that would stop Trump from putting babies in cages. Because, he says, «Right now we’re focused on getting this bill passed. … If other things happen, we'll cross those bridges when we get to it.» If other things happen like infants being ripped away from their mothers and sent thousands of miles away. This bill, he says, is «action to keep families together while we enforce our immigration laws.» It does not prevent the administration from ripping families apart, because it still allows Trump to prosecute asylum seekers who enter the US between ports of entry as criminals, allowing their children to be separated. The families that would stay together would be held in actual prisons. Indefinitely. It shouldn't be shocking that the guy who is willing to allow American kids to go hungry doesn't care if immigrant babies are torn from their families and imprisoned. But that he's willing to troll the nation about it on Twitter has earned him a suite in hell. Fight back. Help unseat House Republican maniacs with your $1 contribution to our candidates. Can you give $5 to help keep immigrant families together—or bring them back together after separation?
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