Define “Generous” Please …

My jaw literally (well, okay, figuratively) dropped to the floor this morning when I saw this headline:

HHS Secretary: Separating Immigrant Families Is ‘One of the Great Acts of American Generosity’

Say what???

The separation of children from their parents at the southern border can be defined by only two words:  a fiasco, and chaos.  ‘Generosity’ is definitely the antithesis of what this nation has done to those families seeking a safe haven.  A federal judge ordered all children under the age of five to be reunited with their parents by July 10th  — yesterday.  However, some 84 of the 101 or 102 children under five remain separated from their families in detention centers, aka concentration camps.  How is this ‘generous’?

“We have nothing to hide about how we operate these facilities.” That was Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday night, referring to what he calls the juvenile and “tender age” facilities in which many of the separated children are currently being detained. It seems strange to me that if they have nothing to hide, they have barred media outlets and public figures from filming or visiting. And then he went on to say …

“It is one of the great acts of American generosity and charity, what we are doing for these unaccompanied kids.” 

I call FOUL!!!  There is no generosity involved in taking a young child, a toddler, from its mother’s arms and putting it in an abandoned Wal-Mart store, surrounded by wire and strange faces!  And why is he referring to them as ‘unaccompanied’?  A two-year-old child does not just wander across the border on his own.  These children were accompanied by their parents!!!  Three thousand – 3,000 – children were accompanied by their parents, then taken away to detention centers, scared, alone, and not knowing why they are no longer with their parents.  And Mr. Azar calls this ‘generous’?  Perhaps his definition of the word is different than mine.  Or perhaps he is in the wrong job, for his agency is titled “Health and Human Services”, and there is nothing … not one thing … humanitarian about what is happening to these children!

HHS and ICE have so royally mucked up this entire fiasco that they deserve to be placed in these detention centers themselves.  First, they have lost track of some 20% of the parents who were either released in the U.S. or deported back to their homelands – without their children.  Second, they are claiming that 27 of the children under 5 will not be reunited because the parents have ‘criminal records’, yet we are not told what crimes they are accused of.  Perhaps nothing more than a speeding ticket or jaywalking in some cases.  We don’t know … we just don’t know.  And frankly, I no longer trust our government to provide us with actual facts, for thus far we have been spoon-fed the b.s. that they want us to believe and I do not buy a single word of it.

The delay in reuniting the children, we are told, is because HHS is conducting DNA testing on children and parents in order to ensure the right kids go to the right families.  I see this more as a delaying tactic than a genuine concern for the children’s safety and welfare.  Part of the reason for the DNA requirement, according to officials, is that the documents proving parentage were initially taken from the parents at the border, and those documents have since been lost!  They cannot keep up with the parents, they cannot keep up with the paperwork … what next?  And now we are told that at least four of the mothers have been told they must pay the cost for the DNA testing before getting their children back!  These mothers do not have $700 – $800 in their pockets!

There are many people in this administration who must bear the guilt of this fiasco, but at the end of the day, it all falls squarely in the lap of Donald Trump.  Separating these children from their parents was a political move, making the children pawns in Trump’s game.  The process was hastily thrown together with little or no thought to record-keeping and eventual reunification.  These children and their parents are human beings, yet they have been treated as … objects, for lack of a better word.  And now, to add insult to injury, Alex Azar has the unmitigated gall to call what we are doing ‘generous’?  I don’t think so, Alex … no sir, I do not see generosity anywhere in this equation.

50 thoughts on “Define “Generous” Please …

  1. Dear Jill,

    This is just so sickening.

    We do need a leader or someone who has a megaphone to call out the president’s outright lies/ spin that is dittoed by all of his republican sycophants, FOX News where their spin becomes reality for so many.

    This is a lie that cannot gain traction. This separation of children from refugee seeking parents followed up by a botched reunification process is cruel beyond measure and any revision of this historical point in time cannot succeed.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • You’re right … we need someone with a megaphone that cannot be ignored by the masses! In truth, Gronda, I am so afraid that some of those children will be abused, or perhaps even die before they can be reunited with their parents. I am actually surprised it hasn’t happened yet. Or perhaps it has, and it’s just being kept very quiet. Our government has become fascist, without a doubt. A government with no conscience, no concern for the average person. Greed-driven. I so hope for a significant change in November.

      Hugs, my friend!

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  2. It’s a question of interpretation , almost any act can be interpreted as generous by the performer . We split them from their families but we were generous enough to give them food and a place to sleep. These people are viewed a criminals so any leniency is viewed as generous.
    They should all receive a pardon and become American citizens, after all America is one of the world’s richest nations .
    The UK was behaving just as badly in the Windrush scandal ; there is enormous hostility to immigrants today.

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    • I suppose it is all about interpretation! The man who murdered somebody three years ago was being ‘generous’ by ensuring that victim would not have to live to see the shambles Trump has made of this country!!! It’s all relative … I get it now!

      As re the UK and immigrants. I get so many different takes on that. I read that the UK does not want immigrants and that is, in part, the driving force behind Brexit. But when I talk to a couple of my UK friends, they tell me that they are all for immigrants, and that in fact the UK couldn’t survive without its immigrants, but that they just want to have some degree of control. I’m confused.

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      • A generous act cannot be fortuitous , it must be deliberate and we all have different capabilities of acting deliberately. Mr Trump has the power to be very generous but he chooses to listen to the voices of the ungenerous and tight- fisted , who voted him into office. We all have a tight- fisted element in our natures wanting to better ourselves at any cost , or turning a blind eye to the effects of this attitude.
        It is this self- centred part of our natures that has enabled a rise in the right wing throughout Europe.
        The referendum vote was close but it rested on the the idea of self – preservation . You will find that those who need immigrants such as universities and farmers are now kicking up a shindy because their own livelihoods are at stake.
        I heard Steve Bannon on the BBC this morning and he said : Donald Trump is an elite but not an elitist a brilliantly clever political ploy ; we need to think carefully about who the elite are , Mr Bannon is a dangerous man.

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  3. NO Alex, it is NOT one of the great acts of American generosity and charity! Generosity denotes the quality of being kind and generous; charity is the virtue of giving without expecting anything in return. Tearing children from their parents, placing them in cages and incarcerating their parents does not fall within the realm of generosity or charity. For you to attempt to spin this abominable debacle as an act of either generosity or charity is reprehensible. It is a crime against these innocent children and a sin that cannot be erased.

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    • You GO Girl!!! I love it when you get riled! And you are 100% right, of course. I just noticed that you don’t have a blog? Have you considered starting one? You write extremely well and have good ideas … 🤔

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    • I am flattered, really and truly flattered! But…I am a simple follower, not a blogger. I lack the ingenuity and self discipline to give a blog the attention that it requires to make it either of interest or worth the effort. I also eschew every other form of social media…no Facebook, no Instagram, no Snapchat, no Flickr and no Tweets on Twitter. I deeply admire bloggers like yourself. I would have no one to follow were it not for the investment of time and work each blogger pours into a blog. The gifts that are freely given by bloggers are deeply appreciated by me. That is one of the reasons I most often end my comments with…Thank-YOU!

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      • I understand, believe me! I spend 12-14 hours on this blog some days, for my work sometimes requires a great deal of research. I love what I do, but it isn’t for everyone. But if you ever change your mind and want to give it a shot, let me know and I will help you as much as I can. When I first started my blog, I remember thinking it might be a nice hobby … I was already publishing book reviews, and I started the blog mainly as another venue for my reviews. I remember the day I got up to 30 followers … I was so chuffed! I thought that I might, someday, even make it up to 100!!! Now I have a very active political blog with over 2,000 followers and an average of 225 views a day. Who would have thunk it, right? But we each have our focus in life, and spending the kind of time I and Gronda do on our blogs simply doesn’t fit into everyone’s lifestyle. I always smile when I see your “Thank You” at the end of a comment. You’re a good person, and I am so glad you found your way to my blog!!!

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      • You don’t need ingenuity or self discipline it’s just a question often having something to say. Very few bloggers are as consistent as Jill , some produce the odd blog when they are moved to speak.

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  4. I, too, was floored when I saw his comments, Jill. They justify these terrible things to themselves and then justify them to Congress and the public, all with the intent to make use feel it must not be as bad as it sounds. Well, it is.

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    • It is every bit as bad as we think it is, and possibly worse. I read today that some of the facilities the children are being held in have a history of abuse and one even has a sexual predator on staff who has frequent contact with the children. My fear is two-fold: that the children will end up with lasting emotional problems, and that some will die before this is all resolved … if, indeed, it ever IS resolved!

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  5. Jill, under Trump, truth is a commodity to be used only when it favors him. He knows his followers and pseudo-news sycophants do not care whether it is truthful. If you say bad things about the a President, it is because you dislike him. No, I dislike that he lies more than he does not and bullies people who try to point out the truth. Just today, he goes after Angela Merkel with guess what, incorrect information. Keith

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    • His view of the world is two-dimensional … you are either with him or you aren’t. If you aren’t, you don’t deserve to even live. I try hard not to hate, but I have to say that I like this man less and less with every passing day.

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      • Jill, you may have noticed how the President of NATO cozies up to him. The way to get a narcissist to do what you want is to flatter him. It is very insouciant to do that, but little Donnie will take his sand toys and go home as he pouts when criticized. Keith

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          • Jill, the dilemma is he does represent a powerful nation. He represents the worst of America, but sending him home is hard to do.

            Yet, we should understand that he insulted Merkel and Germany and has insulted May and the UK twice. All in the course of three days. People remember well when someone screws them over. Keith

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            • Yes, he does represent a powerful nation, and one that, as my a.m. post states, is well on its way to becoming the most despised nation on earth. His interview with The Sun was unconscionable and, while I should not be surprised …. I am appalled. I feel like I don’t want to claim this nation as my own anymore. WHO the hell does he think he is, Keith??? Does he really believe he has the right to interfere in others’ affairs? Does he really think he knows … anything??? He likely demolished our relations with the UK last night. Singlehandedly. Stupidly. Sigh. Forgive me … I am angry and exhausted … so tired of his perfidy.

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  6. This is the kind of spin that only a sociopath could come up with. Trump’s era will end, eventually. When it does, I hope the incoming president orders criminal charges to be levelled against all these officials because they deserve jail time.

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  7. I doubt anyone could have been more unkind to these families even if they’d tried. It’s going o take a long time to work out and you can almost guarantee there will be children left over and they have no idea who the parents are. They have probably been shipped back to whatever danger they feared in Guatemala or wherever and cannot afford the trek back for their children.
    Cwtch

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    • You are right. The treatment we have given these children is akin to what children received in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. There is nothing ‘generous’ about it. Additionally, it is reported that some of the detention centers have a history of child and sexual abuse. I am so ashamed of this nation. 😥

      xxx Cwtch xxx

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        • I’m sure that is even more true tonight, some 13 hours after you wrote this comment, and about 9 hours since the interview with Trump was published in The Sun. Oh, John … what in heck has this nation become??? I just really want to crawl under a rock and forget I ever heard of the U.S. or Donald Trump either one! 😥

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          • Oh, Jill… As a Canadian cousin, I truly understand your anguish. Even in the Trump era, there are magnificent Americans doing great things in the States and abroad. That’s what we need to acknowledge and hold onto.
            Yesterday I watched parts of the Congressional grilling of that former FBI agent and I was impressed by three things: the agent stood his ground and gave as good as he got, the GOP enablers looked and sounded like assholes, and the odd Dem who questioned him came off very well indeed. And all of it was televised.
            I laughed at the News footage showing Trump praising himself after the NATO emergency meeting. What a clown!! Hugs, Jill!

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            • Thanks so much, John! I’m better now … it just hit me so hard when I heard what he had done that I came close to flinging my laptop across the room. You’re right, of course, the good people in this world far outweigh the likes of Trump and his minions, but these jerks are in our faces 24/7. That is one of the downsides to modern technology … you can see Trump on television or the internet any second of any day.

              I haven’t watched any of the testimony of Peter Strzok yet, but I’ve heard that he came across quite well and stood his ground, while the GOP just looked like bullies. I am going to catch a bit of it this weekend.

              Thanks again, John, for being such a wonderfully supportive friend! Hugs!!!

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  8. Let’s stay on top of their game. Trump and minions are trying to numb us down to where any atrocious behavior becomes ho-hum. Example: how many of us are shocked when trump lies? I have not trusted USA government since the lies of the Vietnam War and then the Bush lies about the Iraq War. Back then the lies were covert. Now, they are routine rhetoric.

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    • You are right, and my fear is that it is working. Things that we would have found completely shocking, unconscionable 3 years ago, are now becoming the norm, accepted if not acceptable just yet. People shrug their shoulders, shake their head, maybe even roll their eyes, but life goes on, right? No big deal, right? And that’s why I keep beating this dead horse. No, people, this is not ‘okay’! No, it is not ‘normal’! It cannot be allowed to become either okay or normal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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