Reactions to Trump’s Family Separation Policy

From Obama’s facebook page:

Today is World Refugee Day.

If you’ve been fortunate enough to have been born in America, imagine for a moment if circumstance had placed you somewhere else. Imagine if you’d been born in a country where you grew up fearing for your life, and eventually the lives of your children. A place where you finally found yourself so desperate to flee persecution, violence, and suffering that you’d be willing to travel thousands of miles under cover of darkness, enduring dangerous conditions, propelled forward by that very human impulse to create for our kids a better life.

That’s the reality for so many of the families whose plights we see and heart-rending cries we hear. And to watch those families broken apart in real time puts to us a very simple question: are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together? Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?

Our ability to imagine ourselves in the shoes of others, to say “there but for the grace of God go I,” is part of what makes us human. And to find a way to welcome the refugee and the immigrant – to be big enough and wise enough to uphold our laws and honor our values at the same time – is part of what makes us American. After all, almost all of us were strangers once, too. Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we’re only here because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, how our last names sound, or the way we worship. To be an American is to have a shared commitment to an ideal – that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve the chance to become something better.

That’s the legacy our parents and grandparents and generations before created for us, and it’s something we have to protect for the generations to come. But we have to do more than say “this isn’t who we are.” We have to prove it – through our policies, our laws, our actions, and our votes.

Airlines are choosing not to be complicit:

Blatant Lies

After being shamed out of a Mexican restaurant last night, Secretary Nielsen’s spokesperson put out this tweet:

Yes, the protesters were there shouting shame as you ate your enchiladas because they were really upset at how the Democrats won’t fund the wall. These lying idiots have no shame whatsoever.

Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters

Babies. They’re fucking stealing babies:

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.

Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.

Since the White House announced its zero tolerance policy in early May, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care. The government has faced withering critiques over images of some of the children in cages inside U.S. Border Patrol processing stations.

Decades after the nation’s child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents.

“The thought that they are going to be putting such little kids in an institutional setting? I mean it is hard for me to even wrap my mind around it,” said Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which provides foster care and other child welfare services to migrant children. “Toddlers are being detained.”

Probably a Bad Idea to Dine at a Mexican Restaurant When You’re Responsible for Putting Latin American Children in Cages

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was hungry after a long day of ripping babies from their mothers’ breasts and decided to go to a Mexican restaurant (SERIOUSLY??!!!??) for a quick bite. Protesters were not far behind:

Good! Don’t let these nazi fucks have a moment of rest. The entire video is here. Not sure if she got to finish her pollo con mole or had it sent away to some undisclosed location where it will be lost.

School honoring Confederate general renamed Barack Obama Elementary

Renaming a school from a traitor who fought to keep black people enslaved to the first black president is fine by me:

RICHMOND, Va. — In a majority six to one vote, the Richmond Public School board voted Monday night to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart Elementary to Barack Obama Elementary School

Barack Obama Elementary school was chosen from a total of seven finalists.

Earlier this year the Richmond School Board voted 8-1 to rename the Northside school that honored the Confederate general.