Some good news, courtesy of Mother Jones, on the reunification of families separated at our borders. [Read more…]
Amy Siskind has published a weekly list of specific news stories representing eroding norms in the United States since Donald Trump took office. It’s a depressing read, and in recent weeks it’s gotten longer and more intense.
Over the weekend, we learned about an administration effort to quash a UN resolution encouraging breastfeeding. This wasn’t just a “hey, we disagree” situation; representatives of the U.S. Government threatened backers with trade sanctions and cuts to military aid. Outrageous.
Our taxpayer dollars also paid for a successful effort at this World Health Assembly meeting removing suggestions of introducing a soda tax from a document advising countries on fighting high rates of obesity.
This week in San Diego, mass trials for people charged with immigration violations, aka Operation Streamline, are starting up. Lawyers for the accused get a few minutes to speak with their clients in a courthouse garage, with US Marshalls standing nearby. [Read more…]
A grim reminder of what is at stake for many of the asylum seekers that make it to our border and why they U.S. government needs to treat the issue of asylum deadly seriously. Back in January of this year The New Yorker’s Sarah Stillman reported on people who fled their home countries fearing for their lives, and the tragic consequences when they were sent back. This video provides some of the back story. The original New Yorker story from January is here. [Read more…]
Sometimes loser’s names in political races aren’t on the ballot. These folks are behind the scenes players working to advance their causes, some with less than sterling intentions. At the top of my losers column is Mickey Kasparian, the now-marginalized labor leader whose choices in the June primary amounted to a revenge campaign.
The R in tRump stands for Racism.
Let’s face the facts: the President is really good at generating outrage (see low-lights from his Montana speech) and making good on his promise to Make American White Again. If the elimination of barriers to discrimination, the cozying up to nativists, and the cruelty to children weren’t enough evidence, perhaps the purges of immigrants from the military will be enough to convince you.
By Gabe Ortiz / Daily Kos
Hundreds of pages of sworn affidavits and court documents from forcibly separated migrant parents, immigration attorneys, immigrant rights groups and others reveal intentional cruelty, neglect, and chaos behind the Trump administration’s barbaric “zero tolerance” policy that has torn thousands of children from families at the U.S./Mexico border.
Over the past several weeks, officials have made it increasingly difficult for elected leaders and media to access both detention facilities and detained families. U.S. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, among the first to attempt to access a children’s detention facility in Texas, was asked to leave the property. Scanning the pages of court documents, some tweeted by reporter Adam Klasfeld, gives an insight into why. [Read more…]
The baby is cleared for takeoff! After having cued up this video from The Guardian showing the initial inflation of baby Trump, just heard today that the mayor of London announced that the balloon protest has gotten the green light and will be greeting Trump on his visit to the U.K. next Friday! Looking forward to more video of the actual event. Stay tuned! [Read more…]
By Mike Harlos / Via Facebook
So I have almost completely avoided political posts for over a year now.
Today, I take a break from that.
Tornillo, Texas, is on the US/Mexico border. There is a “tent city facility” setup there. The facility is housing 326 children (312 boys, 14 girls).
Of the 326:
162 are from Guatemala
117 are from Honduras
40 are from El Salvador
4 are from “other countries”
3 are from Mexico [Read more…]
From the Brave New Films YouTube website:
Pediatricians reveal the long-term damage that can be done when children are imprisoned – even with their families. Let’s stop this government-sanctioned child abuse now!
Childhood trauma, like imprisonment and family separation, provokes long-lasting implications caused by high levels of toxic stress. Short term damage can present with depression, anxiety, developmental delays, and autism-like symptoms; long term damage presents as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Through the expertise and first-hand observations of current American Academy of Pediatrics president, Dr. Colleen Kraft, and her pediatric colleagues: Dr. Lanre Falusi and Dr. Nathalie Quion viewers are confronted with the heartbreaking reality that these innocent, traumatized children are unwilling participants forced to endure the consequences of the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policy.
Time for a review of those self-evident truths that Trump and his administration have run roughshod over. Perhaps less well known is the List of Grievances that shows all the ways that King George III failed to respect the rights of the colonists. Do any of them sound familiar?
Brave New Films has produced an exposé of the private, for-profit prison industry’s role in the incarceration of immigrants: Immigrant Prisons. Here is a portion of the work that highlights the for-profit component and puts names and faces to the anodyne company names. [Read more…]
The uproar over the Trump administration’s immigration policies continues unabated.
Over the weekend there were protests in big cities and small towns across the 50 states. (See San Diego coverage here.) Sister demonstrations took place in London, Munich, Paris, Hamburg, Tokyo, and others cities around the globe.
Starting today, San Diego and nearby points will be the focus of more protests and non-violent civil disobedience in response to the ramping up of the Justice Department’s Operation Streamline, which applies a one-size-fits-all approach in assembly-line court proceedings for migrants.
Busses and caravan with labor and faith activists came to San Diego from Orange County, Los Angeles and Pheonix to a start-up rally in Chicano Park.
By focusing on tearing apart families on the southern border, [Border Patrol] make interrogations at a checkpoint far from any border seem downright neighborly in contrast.
By Susan Grigsby / Daily Kos
Perhaps it is because I have only lived in Maine for a year and a half, and everything is still new to me, that I hadn’t really noticed the massive influx of Canadians trying to escape from their homeland by illegally crossing our northern border. True, it is a little warmer down here during the winter. And Maine has legalized recreational marijuana, so perhaps these undocumented immigrants were too impatient to wait for October and Canadian legalization.
Or, they have simply tired of life in a country that provides health care to its citizens, that has civilized laws and whose citizens welcome their neighbors in times of trouble. I mean, who doesn’t want to pay higher prices for medications?
Whatever their reasons, apparently this flood of undocumented immigrants has our Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deeply concerned. Border Patrol agents have been sent here to Maine to protect us from the invading horde that is for some unknown reason crossing our border without authorization. Checkpoints have been set-up on 1-95 north of Bangor, Maine, and on I-93 in New Hampshire to counter this apparent threat. [Read more…]