Unconscionable

Do you remember when you were … oh, say four or five years old?  Before you started going to school … a time when your parents were your main contact and the people you looked to for safety, for security?  Now, try to imagine when you were that age, if your parents had taken you from the home you always knew, travelled a long distance, sometimes in buses, other times strangers’ vehicles, and often on foot.  And now, close your eyes and visualize that late one of those nights, as you are being carried by your mother, for you were just too tired to walk another step, and all of a sudden … BRIGHT LIGHTS, LOUD CRUEL VOICES, CRYING, SCREAMING … and suddenly you are grabbed roughly by a strange man wearing, of all things, a GUN, and you look around, but you cannot see your mother, though you can hear her voice sobbing, “Mi hijo … mi niño … “.

child cryingNow multiply that scenario times hundreds every week.  That’s right, folks … hundreds of children per week are being taken from their parents and housed in immigrant detention centers where they know nobody and most do not even speak English, so are unable to communicate their feelings, their needs.  How are these children being housed, clothed, fed … treated?  We do not know.

Earlier this month, Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon attempted to answer those questions, to see for himself how the children were, if they were being properly cared for.  But guess what?  Senator Merkley was denied entrance to the Casa Padre detention facility in Brownsville, Texas.  The supervisor of the facility, in fact, contacted the local police to escort Senator Merkley off the premises.  The windows to the facility had been blackened, so he could not even get a glimpse inside.Merkley-1The reason for these abominable separations is Trump’s new “Zero tolerance” policy that bans all undocumented immigrants, sending the children to detention centers and the parents to jail. Trump has attempted to blame democrats …

“Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there parents once they cross the Border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS.”

But the reality is that the policy that results in children being separated from their parents at the border was implemented by the Trump administration, and could be ended at any time at Trump’s direction.  Just another of Trump’s lies, but at what cost?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions found a rather unique way to justify the atrocity …

“Noncitizens who cross our borders unlawfully, between our ports of entry, with children are not an exception. They are the ones who broke the law, they are the ones who endangered their own children on their trek. The United States, on the other hand, goes to extraordinary lengths to protect them while the parents go through a short detention period. Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”

And the illustrious, personable Sarah Huckabee Sanders concurred.  Jim Acosta from CNN asked Sanders to explain Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ comments earlier in the day about how the White House’s family separation policy is consistent with the teachings of the Bible.

Acosta:  Can I just ask a second question, completely unrelated, on these children who are being separated from their families as they come across the border? The Attorney General, earlier today, said that somehow there’s a justification for this in the Bible. Where does it say in the Bible that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?

Sanders:  I’m not aware of the Attorney General’s comments or what he would be referencing. I can’t —

Acosta:  Is it a moral policy, in your view?

Sanders:  I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is, actually, repeated a number of times throughout the Bible. However, this —

Acosta:  But where in the Bible does it say —

Sanders:  Hold on, Jim. If you’ll let me finish.

Acosta:  — it’s okay to take children away from their parents?

Sanders:  Again, I’m not going to comment on the Attorney’s specific comments that I havent seen.

Acosta:  You just said it’s in the Bible to follow the law.

Sanders:  That’s not what I said. And I know it’s hard for you to understand even short sentences, I guess, but please don’t take my words out of context. But the separation of —

Acosta:  That’s a cheap shot, Sarah. That’s a cheap shot, Sarah.

Sanders:  — illegal alien families is the product of the same legal loopholes that Democrats refuse to close. And these laws are the same that have been on the books for over a decade. And the President is simply enforcing them.

Acosta:  But how is it moral? How is it a moral policy to take children away from their parents? Can you imagine —

Sanders:  It’s a moral policy to follow and enforce the law.

Acosta:  — the horror that these children must be going through when they come across the border?

Sanders:  Jim.

Acosta:  They’re with their parents, and then suddenly they’re pulled away from their parents. Why is the government doing this?

Sanders:  Because it’s the law. And that’s what the law states.

Acosta:  It’s not. It doesn’t have to be the law. You guys don’t have to do that. It’s your policy.

Sanders:  You’re right, it doesn’t have to be the law. And the President has actually called on Democrats in Congress to fix those loopholes. The Democrats have failed to come to the table, failed to help this President close these loopholes and fix this problem. We don’t want this to be a problem. The President has tried to address it on a number of occasions. We’ve laid out a proposal. And Democrats simply refuse to do their job and fix the problem.

Which brings us to my next point.  Ms. Sanders lied.  Donald Trump lied when he claimed that the democrats “can’t get their act together” to change border security policy.  In fact, all but 3 House Democrats have signed a discharge petition that would bypass the House’s Republican leadership and force a vote on immigration reform legislation, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Trump ended last fall.  In addition, 23 republicans have joined them and now only 5 more votes are needed to sidestep leadership and allow floor votes on a few different immigration plans.

The problem?  Trump is adamant that he will approve nothing that doesn’t include at least $20 billion for his damn border wall.

The United Nations has urged the U.S. to “immediately halt this practice”, however there is little else they can do, for the United States is the only country in the world not to have ratified the UN convention on the rights of the child.

This nation that used to be known for offering safe asylum to those in need has now cast aside all humanitarianism.  Frankly, I do not know why anybody would even want to come here. Not long ago, I heard Trump say that we can be proud of our country again.  No, Donnie-boy … I have never been less proud in my life.   family together

40 thoughts on “Unconscionable

  1. Dear Jill,

    President Trump has become the face of evil. Anyone who is a republican and remains mum on this subject is complicit with this evil.

    Some say that the president is taking this action to kiss up to his hard-line anti-immigration supporters; others are saying, he is using this set of circumstances as leverage to get the wall built as well as other immigration restrictions.

    I say that I don’t care about the president’s motivations. I know evil when I see it and this practice of separating children from their parents who cross the US southern border to request asylum is EVIL.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • You are absolutely correct … every time I have to see his picture pop up on my computer, I think “the face of evil”. You can see it in his eyes, and in the contortions he does with his mouth. But most of all, you can hear it every time he opens his mouth. Surely even members of Congress realize that he has gone too far with his zero tolerance policy, but will they do anything? I’m doubtful. It is left to us to speak out loudly against these crimes against humanity, for that is what it is.
      Hugs!!!

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  2. I don’t normally quote the Bible, but people who like to do it all the time need to read the WHOLE thing. The rest of Romans 13? “8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

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  3. Having read different accounts yesterday of Sarah Huckabee Sander’s verbal exchange with Jim Acosta, I was livid! This “law” or non-law is horrific, not biblical! Sanders and Sessions are going to use the Bible to condone this vile practice of cruelty to innocent children!?! Their only crime was being born, they are without guilt and yet unjustly punished. Did Sanders, Sessions or Trump ever hear, much less remember, the words on the plaque of The Statue of Liberty : “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” The present policies towards immigrants would move this noble and regal Lady to tears, were she able to cry…as do I. Thank-you!

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    • Sanders is naught but a parrot, repeating what she is told to say. Then, when somebody asks her a question for which she has no canned answer, she stumbles and bumbles around until she proves herself to be the fool she is. Sessions is a racist ass who is hoping to get back into Trump’s good graces. They are both, as I see it, complicit in this horror show, But the ringleader, Trump, shoulders the burden and I just hope that enough people are horrified and speak out loudly that he has to backpedal and change his “policy”. Not long ago, one of the obnoxious republicans in Congress said that the words on the Statue of Liberty don’t matter. I guess that speaks volumes about where this county is headed, doesn’t it?

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  4. The government does not HAVE to separate families should they decide not do so, hasn’t been done in the past… the present government is doing it because they wish to, all the while protecting their “image” by sending blame elsewhere and using the Bible (another reason why I am not into religion)… the words “closed minded hypocrites” comes to mind… 🙂

    “When we begin to build walls of prejudice, hatred, pride, and self-indulgence around ourselves, we are more surely imprisoned than any prisoner behind concrete walls and iron bars.” Mother Angelica

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    • Yep. As I just told another reader, Karl Marx was spot on when he called religion the opiate of the masses. This is Trump’s policy, nobody else’s. He is holding these children hostage to obtain his goal or funding for a wall. And that is only because he thinks it will earn him brownie points with his blind followers.

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  5. This is the response of the typical bureaucrat: “It’s a moral policy to follow and enforce the law.” Recall that the Nazis made sure the laws were changed in order to allow them to initiate the “final solution.” As Ghandi and Thoreau knew, there is a higher law than civil law. And this atrocity will scar this country for years to come.

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    • It certainly will scar this nation for years, if not decades to come. Look at Germany … to an extent, they still have not lived down Hitler and the Nazis even after almost 75 years. And what is happening now … it is Trump’s policy, not a law. He could change it with a phone call, but won’t, for he is using these children as a bargaining chip.

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  6. I’m fearful for our country, and embarrassed by our government. I hate the feeling of helplessness, when even an elected Senator can get no answer or access. I keep saying to myself, does our country deserve to have the Statue of Liberty still standing in the NY Harbor? Because that was once us (offering solace and hope to the hurt and hunted), it is not now…

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    • Your question … whether we deserve to still have the Statue of Liberty standing in New York Harbour … is one I have asked many times in the past 16 months, and never more than today. We have sunk to a new low, and only by raising our voices in protest and vote can we turn it around. Although I often despair, I still remain hopeful that we will persevere, take the trash out of the White House, and get back to the business of being a humanitarian nation. Thanks and WELCOME, by the way! 😊

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      • In my travels and talking to many many others, I believe that there are more good-hearted, caring people, than the opposite. So I believe that the white light of kindness and love will see us through and to the other side of this dark part of our history. I certainly hope I’m right.

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        • I believe that also. It’s just that the more obnoxious specimens of the human race seem to be the loudest, making themselves appear larger than life. I hope you’re right too. The biggest concern I have at this time is the damage we are continuing to do to the environment, some of which may not be reversible. If mankind makes earth uninhabitable, then it won’t really matter who rules the nation or who believes what. Sigh.

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  7. There was a whole session about this on The Drum tonight and apparently Trump is making use of two laws to leverage the Democrats into doing what he wants. First law says that all ‘illegal’ immigrants have to go to jail. The second says that children are not allowed in jail [or something similar]. Using these two laws together allows him to rip kids from their parents while at the same time blaming the Democrats.

    It stinks, and the fact that Australia’s government /allows/ refugee children to stay in off-shore detention [read prison] with their parents is just as bad but in a different way. History will remember all this deliberate, manipulative cruelty, and those who enforced it will not be getting gold stars. Sadly, the rest of us will be tarnished as well, for allowing it to happen. So ashamed. :/

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    • @Meeka. They are doing it to non-illegal asylum seekers also. Jeff Sessions said in his speech that if you show up at the border with a child they WILL be taken from you. So unless you already have a visa, if you hit the US border with a child, you will lose them. That is not the law. It is done to install fear and intimidation. It is cruel, unnecessary, it is a sign of what we as a nation have become. I am very afraid we have already passed into being a fascist country. Hugs

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    • They are somewhat right about those laws, but … the laws have never been enforced to the extent that Trump is doing with his Zero Tolerance policy. It is he and only he who has created this horrendous nightmare. One father killed himself last week because his children were taken from him, and can you imagine the trauma that will stay with these children for a lifetime. I am reminded of the way children were separated from their parents going into the concentration and death camps in Nazi Germany nearly a century ago. Have we learned nothing? I, too, am ashamed, my friend. Very ashamed. 😥

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  8. Trump loves playing the blame game and it’s always someone else’s fault than his. His policies are starting as did Hitler’s, hurting children.Please. please, and I’m near to tears here, have him charged with Charity Fraud in New York and lock him and his family up.
    Cwtch

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    • Thanks, David. I know how you feel. They probably won’t lock anyone up but if they find the Trumps guilty they’ll fine the heck out of them and close the charity down. It’ll be a strike against them. They’ve been working on this, collecting documents, for about two years now. —- Suzanne

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    • You are quite right … Trump was told early on by his mentor to never, ever admit to making a mistake, or admit he was wrong. He even said that if he were wrong, he would find some excuse. He is, I believe, truly beginning to see himself as a dictator, as another Kim or Hitler or Putin. The policy of separating children from their parents is horrendous and the world is seeing it. My hope is that if enough of us protest loudly enough, even other nations, he will be forced to backtrack. Tonight there is some small evidence that such may be the case. We are all near tears on this one, my friend. You will never know what it took out of me just to write this piece, but … it had to be done.
      Cwtch

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