Remember The Children …

Imagine, if you will, your child being torn out of your arms at, say, age 5, and then not seeing him again until he is 7 or 8 years old.  You did nothing wrong, he did nothing wrong, but this is how we welcome you to the “great” United States of America.  We take your child, then we lock you up in one place, throw your kid in a cage and forget where we put him.  Finally, after a couple of years, we get it all sorted out and … here’s your kid back … hope you enjoyed your visit.immigrant child-2Last June, Judge Dana M. Sabraw ordered the reunification of children and parents who had been separated under the Trump administration policy.  Ten months ago.  Since then, some 2,800 children have been reunited with their parents, however a group of separated families including possibly as many as 2,000 children was unaccounted for because the government lacked an effective tracking system.  Even after Judge Sabraw’s order that the government cease separating children from their families, another 245 children were taken from their parents.  But the government let the ball drop when it came to record-keeping, so there is speculation that the number may, in fact, be much higher than 245.immigrant-children-2.jpgOn Friday, the Department of Justice filed court documents stating that it will take at least a year to review about 47,000 cases of unaccompanied children taken into government custody between July 1, 2017 and June 25, 2018.  Why?  Because record-keeping was shoddy, or perhaps non-existent.  Because nobody cared enough about these children to take time to even find out who they were.  Because the people currently responsible for running this nation care only about people whose skin is white.

The government said it would apply a statistical analysis to about 47,000 children who were referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement and subsequently discharged.  After that, the government said it would manually review the case records of the children who appeared to have the highest probability of being part of the separated families.  Officials estimated that the process would take at least one year and potentially two. In explaining the reason for such an arduous process, the government said United States Customs and Border Protection did not collect specific data on migrant family separations before April 2018.immigrant-childrenWhat???  Did they not think it would ever be necessary to figure out who these kids were and where they belonged, such as with their parents?  Did they just hope the children would disappear, and that the parents would forget about them?

In the court filing, Jonathan White, a commander with the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, wrote that identifying this group of children presented new challenges because they were already discharged from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, meaning the government “lacks access” to them.  One has to wonder if the government even knows quite where these children are.

The government also stated that they would have to rely on computerized statistical analyses, for manually reviewing each of nearly 50,000 cases would “overwhelm” the resources of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.  It didn’t overwhelm their resources to take the kids, did it?  These are human lives we’re talking about here, not Wheat Thins!!!  Somebody is seriously lacking functional brain cells in our government, not to mention a heart!immigrant-children-3Last year, for a few weeks, the story of the children separated from their parents and kept in questionable conditions was in the news every day.  It was front and center in our minds and we … well, most of us anyway … were appalled and horrified.  Then, Judge Sabraw issued his ruling, the government partly complied, and the story receded into the background to be replaced by other abominations of the Trump regime.  But the story is not over … not by a long shot.  Meanwhile, these children are undoubtedly suffering both physical and emotional damage that may last a lifetime.  Is this, then, what Trump meant when he said he was going to “make America great”?  Sorry, Donnie, but in my book this makes America pretty darn lousy.

When Judge Sabraw issued his order that the children be returned, he said, “The hallmark of a civilized society is measured by how it treats its people and those within its borders.”  It would appear that we are not, contrary to popular belief, a “civilized society”.

66 thoughts on “Remember The Children …

    • Exactly so! This nation was founded by immigrants. Trump’s own grandparents migrated to this country from Germany. People are people and we should not judge them on their race, skin colour, religion, or any other superficial criteria. There is room for all here, and to punish the children … to punish anyone, really, is simply wrong. Trump lacks humanity, lacks a conscience.

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  1. King Trump says that Kristen Nielsen’s resignation works because he needs to find somebody tougher. Put that insensitive remark in the context of the child tragedy you noted in your above entry.

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    • Yes … and what we have is a recipe for disaster, yet some 40% of the nation will applaud him. 😥 Whatever have we become? My only hope is that the courts will stop him, but that is only temporary, for when the cases inch their way up to the Supreme Court, Trump is likely to win. In my book, he is already well on his way to a dictatorship.

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  2. I’m beginning to suspect they ‘can’t find them’ because they’ve sold them. Even three months ago I would have said not even they could stoop that low, but now I’m just thinking they probably have.

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    My words aren’t printable here … this is the new American way: ‘This is how we welcome you to the “great” United States of America. We take your child, then we lock you up in one place, throw your kid in a cage and forget where we put him. Finally, after a couple of years, we get it all sorted out and … here’s your kid back … hope you enjoyed your visit.’

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  4. “The only international language in the world is a child’s cry.” – Eglantyne Jebb. The treatment that these children are enduring is inexcusable and evil. It would seem inevitable that the trauma they have endured will have lifelong lasting effects. That our government obviously had no plan of how to efficiently carry out their abhorrent policy of separating parents and children makes one question if they ever planned on reuniting them. History will surely judge this travesty harshly, as it should. It is of interest that the Tweet Master announced that Kirstjen Nielson has resigned (or fired?) as Secretary of Homeland Security. Trump has appointed Kevin McAleenan, now the former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as the acting Secretary. Thank-you!

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    • I fully concur with all you say. This, of all the evil things he has done, will go down in history as ‘crimes against humanity’. He has revoked the Visas of members of the International Criminal Court who were scheduled to come here on another issue. That, in itself, speaks volumes. I am pleased to hear that Kirstjen Nielson is out, but know nothing of her replacement, so I will need to look into him tomorrow. Sigh. What are we becoming?

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  5. Our governments have lost their souls. Up to recently you might disagree with approaches but it was underpinned by decency. This has gone. Self serving opportunists now run the show. It’s so easy to hold these obnoxious views when you are ok with plenty of money. They are so quick to moan and want action when something effects them personally.

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    • I don’t know any more, David. It seems that there is a significant — about 23% — portion of our society who approves of the government taking the kids from their parents at the border, and that disturbs me. Yes, the government is corrupt and uncivilized, but apparently they have the backing of some of the people of this nation. It makes you wonder if there is any hope for humanity. 😥
      Cwtch

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      • if 77% disapprove of the Government taking the kids from their parents at the border you have a clear majority that says ‘Stop- no more’. That percentage should give you hope for the future as even some Trumpites disapproved.
        Cwtch

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        • It should, under normal circumstances. But these are anything but normal times, and Trump is now considering defying the court order and reinstating the policy of separating immigrant children at the border. Rumour has it that was why he demanded Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation yesterday, as she was against reinstating the policy. It seems that the majority no longer matter in this country, but only the hatemongers and bigots voices count.
          Cwtch

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            • I think it should, but more and more I’m seeing that it doesn’t. I think he is a small step away from being a dictator, for he is already calling the shots, making the rules, and nobody seems able or willing to stop him. I’m not sure how we can fight this.
              Cwtch

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              • Currently his own side won’t stop him (That may change), currently the other side can’t stop him but just maybe the law can if he decides to fly in the face of the stop and desist laid down by the judge last year. I know he thinks his plan works to stop people coming by separating the parents from the kids but if he starts again he’s in breach of a court order and we may see how much shove the law has then.
                Cwtch

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                • You may have a point, for just yesterday a federal judge struck down his new policy to force asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while awaiting a determination on their case. He has been overruled by the courts a number of times now. The thing that is concerning, though, is his lawyers will file appeals, and eventually all these cases will end up before the Supreme Court. We both know what is likely to happen there, since he has placed two of his sycophants on the bench. But for now I’m pleased that at least the courts are fighting him.
                  Cwtch

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  6. there are 82 kids in the custody of Oklahoma’s health and human resources who were transported here by the idiots at Brownsville customs station (texas)…a group of seniors has been visiting the “facility” where the kids are kept on a weekly basis, trying to figure out who exactly these kids are and where their parents are. We have so far sent 11 children home to family in Guatemala and San Salvador. One of the major problems is that most of the children do not speak “mexican spanish” at all but a local dialect…usually a Mayan dialect”..so our spanish speaking seniors have a really difficult task just getting a name of a town or person from them. The govt is absolutely useless at helping find the families. It is up to volunteers to do it.

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    • That is awesome, Suze!!! It warms my heart to know that people DO still care about these kids, for it’s obvious our government does not! I wonder if there are other communities around the nation doing the same? I had no idea that these efforts were in progress … thank you so much for sharing this little bit of a bright spot with me!

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  7. What goes on in Trump’s mind is not as hard to fathom as what doesn’t happen in there. He has no concept of consequences. He can look so far, and then the picture fades out. Reality stops existing. He cannot see into the future, literally!
    Yet he is guaranteeing victory in the 2020 election. That can only mean one thing, the results are already rigged. In non-republican polling stations the wires are going to get crossed. Votes for democrats will count as republican, and vice versa.

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  8. Jill, when soldiers returned from Vietnam, they were ridiculed and spat upon. I thought I would never again see such deplorable behavior in the good ole USA. I was wrong. But, what makes this so despicable is that Donnie and his cadre of cronies and deplorables support this action. Unspeakable evil runs our country. They must be brought down.

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    • I well remember the treatment our soldiers received when they returned from ‘Nam, as some of them were my good friends. You’re right … this is on a par with that, and I have found that some people in this country are in favour of the policy of separating children at the border, which appalls me even more. 😥 What have we become???

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