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.

The Sounds of Children Crying After Being Ripped From Their Parents’ Arms Will be Trump’s Legacy

Audio of children being separated from their parents by Fascist fucks Border Patrol. This is hard to listen to, but important to realize how monstrous this Administration has become:

The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like they’re crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream “Mami” and “Papá” over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.

The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. “Well, we have an orchestra here,” he jokes. “What’s missing is a conductor.”

Then a distraught but determined 6-year-old Salvadoran girl pleads repeatedly for someone to call her aunt. Just one call, she begs anyone who will listen. She says she’s memorized the phone number and at one point rattles it off to a consular representative. “My mommy says that I’ll go with my aunt,” she whimpers, “and that she’ll come to pick me up there as quickly as possible.”

An audio recording obtained by ProPublica adds real-life sounds of suffering to a contentious policy debate that has so far been short on input from those with the most at stake: immigrant children. More than 2,300 of them have been separated from their parents since April, when the Trump administration launched its “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which calls for prosecuting all people who attempt to illegally enter the country and taking away the children they brought with them. More than 100 of those children are under the age of 4. The children are initially held in warehouses, tents or big box stores that have been converted into Border Patrol detention facilities.

We thought the Muslim ban was bad (and it was) when it happened, but taking children from their parents is a level few people would have so little conscience as to sink. Trump just happens to be one of those people along with the sycophants that he has employed. This is a shameful day for this nation that there are people who are defending this and trying to pass the blame on to a minority party. Trump could end this immediately but he will only double, triple, and quadruple down because that’s the kind of shitty person that he is.

I have nothing left but hatred for this monster. That’s not something I say lightly. I have disliked plenty of politicians but few of them have made me seethe in rage when I hear them talk or see a sight of them. Fuck Trump.

I had been following him on Twitter since he was elected but I unfollowed him a week or two ago. I just couldn’t deal with his daily deluges of lies, scapegoats and hysteria. People retweet him enough as it is so if he decides on a final solution to anything I’m sure it will filter to me.

MA GOP Governor Won’t Send National Guard to Border Because of Trump’s Cruel and Inhumane Policy

One of the few members of the GOP who isn’t following orders… yet:

Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he will not send the Massachusetts National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border due to the “cruel and inhumane” decision by the Trump administration to separate children from their parents as families arrive at the border.

“We told the National Guard to hold steady and to not go down to the border —period,” Baker said on Monday. “We won’t be supporting that initiative unless they change the policy.

A helicopter crew had been set to fly down later this month to work with federal officials to help track illegal activity along the border with Mexico.

Trump Commands Pentagon to Create ‘Space Force’

WTF is a Space Force?

In the National Defense Authorization Act, the House Armed Services Committee proposed last June the establishment of a space corps, a new branch of the military that would fall under the command of the Air Force. This branch’s relationship to the Air Force would be similar to the Marine Corps’ ties to the Navy. The space corps would have an area of responsibility that encompasses the vast expanse outside of the Earth’s atmosphere.