8 thoughts on “Trump’s tough love

  1. Emily Hobhouse says:

    U.S. preparing to construct internment camps for children http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article213026379.html The Department of Health and Human Services’ facilities are 95 percent full and house more than 10,000 children. The department is looking to build a tent city that will hold between 1,000 and 5,000 children at the Fort Bliss Army base in Texas and will visit the base this week. It is also considering temporary camps at two other Air Force bases in Texas. Temperatures at Fort Bliss, TX are forecast to reach a high of 102℉ today.

  2. Babble study says:

    “A White House briefing with press secretary Sarah Sanders grew tense on Thursday as reporters pressed her on the matter of the Trump administration’s family separation policy for asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border. Sanders upheld the practice as a matter of law and defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s assertion that separating immigrant children from their parents is in line with the Bible.” https://www.vox.com/2018/6/14/17465662/sarah-sanders-family-separation-bible-sessions “During a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana, earlier in the day, Sessions said that his department’s separation of migrant families was not “unusual or unjustified” but instead a matter of law — Christian law, in fact. “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,” Sessions said, according to NBC News. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”
    CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Sanders during Thursday’s White House press briefing what Sessions was talking about. She said she wasn’t “aware” of the attorney general’s comments or “what he was referencing” but sided with him on the “it’s what the Bible says” part.”

  3. Tender age Inc. says:

    “Defense Contractors Cashing In On Immigrant Kids’ Detention : A scandal-plagued company that used to work for the CIA is poised to profit off the influx of immigrant children being forcibly separated from their parents.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/defense-contractors-cashing-in-on-immigrant-kids-detention
    Also: “…In the past 48 hours, major airlines like American, Frontier, and United have all issued statements refusing to participate in Trump’s policy, earning them an angry rebuke from a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson who accused the companies of “buckling to a false media narrative.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/intelligence-contractor-makes-millions-flying-immigrant-kids-to-shelters

  4. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    Trump Administration Secretly Closed Program Helping Refugee Children http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/trump-administration-secretly-closed-program-helping-refugee-children-180618?news=860496 A group of Central American immigrants has filed a class action lawsuit against the Trump administration over the secret termination of a refugee program that gave children fleeing violence in the region a path to reunification with their parents in the United States. The June 13 complaint claims the administration shut down the program just days after Trump entered office in January 2017, but didn’t announce the termination until August of that year. The plaintiffs say the new administration immediately stopped interviewing program beneficiaries and froze their applications; stopped issuing decisions to applicants who were likely candidates for parole; and stopped scheduling the medical exams required for parolees to travel to the United States – all in secret.
    Nonetheless, the administration continued to accept money from applicants, including $100 or more for medical exams and $1,400 for each child’s plane ticket to the United States, the class representatives say. The money hasn’t been returned, despite the revocation of the plaintiffs’ conditional approval to travel to the United States, according to Daniel Asimow, who represents the class.
    See https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/CAM-complaint.pdf

  5. Mathematician's Lament says:

    ● “DHS asks military for space to house 12,000 migrant family members” (Jun.27.2018 Associated Press) https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/immigration-border-crisis/dhs-asks-military-space-house-12-000-migrant-family-members-n887216 “The Defense Department said it’s been asked to house migrant families at military facilities, or build temporary camp-like structures.”
    ● “US Navy drafts plans to house 25,000 immigrants at cost of $233m” (Reuters 6/22/18) https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/23/us-navy-drafts-plans-to-house-25000-immigrants-at-cost-of-233m.html “The official said the draft document, drawn up by Phyllis Bayer, the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, also says that a Navy base in California could house up to a further 47,000 people.”
    ● According to ICE’s FY 2018 budget, on average it costs $133.99 a day to maintain one adult detention bed. But immigration groups have pegged the number closer to $200 a day.
    The cost to maintain a family bed, which keeps mothers and children together in a family residential center, costs around $319 a day, according to DHS.
    But as of April, children have been separated from their parents with much higher frequency, which has led to the creation of “tent cities” to hold thousands of separated children. Those beds cost $775 per person per night, HHS told NBC News. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/20/cost-us-immigrant-detention-trump-zero-tolerance-tents-cages.html

  6. Cripes says:

    “Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone” (Texas Tribune 6/27/18) https://www.texastribune.org/2018/06/27/immigrant-toddlers-ordered-appear-court-alone/
    As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as 3 years old are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings, according to attorneys in Texas, California and Washington, D.C.”
    “Trump’s Immigrant-Detention Plans Benefit Private Prison Operators : CoreCivic, Geo Group, both Trump campaign contributors, have become more reliant on ICE revenue in recent years” (Wall Street Journal 7/2/18) https://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-immigrant-detention-plans-benefit-these-companies-1530523800
    “Immigrant families are being forced to pay massive airfares to reunite with children separated by the Trump administration” (Business Insider 7/2/18) http://www.businessinsider.com/immigrant-families-paying-airfares-to-reunite-with-separated-children-2018-7
    ‘God Bless America’: 100 Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem (NYT) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/02/arts/music/irving-berlin-god-bless-america.html

  7. Tough Shitski says:

    U.S. government officials recently told four immigrant women that they must pay for DNA tests in order to be reunited with their children, according to the shelter that housed the women.
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/government-told-immigrant-parents-to-pay-for-dna-tests-to-be-reunited-with-kids-advocate The tests are the latest ad hoc effort by the Trump administration to reunite families it had separated—in some cases because authorities took documents from adults proving they are related to their children. The tests are being administered by a private contractor on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which oversees the care and housing of children. HHS has refused to name the contractor, which may be a violation of federal law.
    Reportedly the DNA tests cost between $700 to $800 and “results can be quick or slow, depending on whichever you want.”

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