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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 08:59 AM

Child abuse is now part of America's official immigration policy

The trauma caused by separations is not the byproduct of necessary legal process – it’s a punishment designed to be grotesque to scare other migrants
Michael Paarlberg Thu 14 Jun 2018 06.00 EDT

It’s impossible to look at the Trump administration’s practice of migrant family separation and see it as anything other than what it is: institutionalized child abuse.

By now, there have been real horror stories: parents hearing their children screaming in the next room; a man who committed suicide when his three-year-old was taken from him; children kept in what Oregon senator Jeff Merkley described as a “dog kennel”; a woman being told by a border patrol agent: “You will never see your children again. Families don’t exist here. You won’t have a family any more.”

Enough of these stories have come out that any questions of them being isolated incidents have been put to rest. These are not actions by rogue agents. They are systematic, and they come straight from the top. Indeed, attorney general Jeff Sessions has acknowledged as much, announcing in May a policy which had already been in practice for much of the past year.

Adults caught crossing the border illegally are transferred to criminal custody to be prosecuted for that crime – a misdemeanor – including those exercising their legal right to seek asylum. Their children are taken from them and placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services as “unaccompanied minors”. Sessions has equated parents with human traffickers: “If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.”


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/14/child-abuse-part-americas-official-immigration-policy

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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:34 AM

1. k and r...nt....

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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:44 AM

2. republicans are going to regret all of this

and they should be made to own it...unless they manage to pull off what the original Nazis couldn't finish, sheer demographics will ensure that there's a reckoning, eventually. They're going to regret it.

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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:46 AM

3. Yes........."...and they should be made to own it.." nt

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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:49 AM

4. My only hope, and it's a slim one

Is that the horrors that Trump's GOP are assaulting America and the world with everyday will finally kill the republican party dead.

If this country rises up in revulsion this fall and sends the damn Trump GOP cult into political oblivion we may have a chance to get our country back.

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