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From ­­#WhereAreTheChildren to #FamiliesBelongTogether – Amerikkka’s ‘New’ Border Crisis
Images of immense suffering, of children being abducted and locked in cages, are being hyped up and exploited by the media for increased ratings and by politicians for political capital. But this flood of images also has a different function, one that is familiar from military and media logic employed by the US since the first Iraq War. The goal of shock and awe is to confuse and disorient people and disable their capacity to understand what is happening, rendering them unable to accurately read the nature of the battlefield. The coverage is intended to elicit overwhelming sentimental responses while leaving unexamined the set of policies, interests, deals and instruments that converge to produce family separation, and the larger consequences of this moment for both immigration and the prison industrial complex (PIC).
immigration  prison-industrial-complex  children 
3 days ago by altoii
How the Trump administration is defending its indefensible child separation policy.
The Trump administration is playing a game of choose your own facts, but every single version of this story ends with screaming children in cages.
You can call it a “policy” (Jeff Sessions) or you can call it a not-policy (Kirstjen Nielsen) or you can call it a “law” (Sarah Huckabee Sanders). You can say that yes it’s a policy but nobody likes it (Kellyanne Conway) or you can say it’s a “zero-tolerance” enforcement of a Democratic law (Donald Trump) or a zero-tolerance enforcement of an amalgam of various congressional laws (Nielsen) or a zero-tolerance enforcement of the Department of Justice’s own preferences with respect to enforcing prior laws (Sessions).
You can say the purpose of the Justice Department’s family separation policy is deterrence (Stephen Miller, John Kelly) or you can claim that asking if the purpose of the policy is deterrence is “offensive” (Nielsen). You can claim in your legal pleadings that the family separation policy is wholly “discretionary” and thus unreviewable by any court, meaning that only the president can change it (Justice Department in Ms. L v. ICE). Or you can claim that only Congress can “fix loopholes” (Nielsen) or you can say that Congress as a whole can’t fix anything because congressional Democrats are entirely to blame (Trump, Mike Huckabee).
538  children  gov2.0  immigration  politics  psychology  religion  trump 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Why Rank-And-File Evangelicals Aren’t Likely To Turn On Trump Over Family Separation | FiveThirtyEight
Over the past few weeks, religious leaders have emerged as some of the strongest critics of President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.’s southern border. More than 600 members of the United Methodist Church brought a formal complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is a Methodist, saying that the policy violates church rules and may constitute child abuse. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also spoke out harshly, calling family separation immoral.
trump  religion  immigration  politics  psychology  children  gov2.0  538 
3 days ago by rgl7194
mike on Twitter: "A reminder that our original immigration policy was "If you're not sick and don't have a criminal background, welcome to America." We only stopped this after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and it's been a shitshow ever since.… http
“A reminder that our original immigration policy was ‘If you’re not sick and don’t have a criminal background, welcome to America.’ We only stopped this after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and it’s been a shitshow ever since.”
immigration  twitter  2018 
3 days ago by handcoding
Thread by @kalhan: "Don't be deceived by Trump's executive order.
Don't be deceived by Trump's executive order. It purports (but doesn't commit) to ending one specific means by which asylum-seekers and their kids are being held as political hostages—but seeks to illegally institute others on a large scale.

Start with Section 1, its statement of policy. We've come to take for granted that Trump routinely lies when issuing in immigration executive orders. No exception here.

"[T]he only legal way ... to enter this country is at a designated port of entry at an appropriate time." But there are pretty clear indications that CBP is improperly blocking individuals from entering at ports of entry—in order to prevent them from making asylum claims.
immigration  politics  humanRights 
3 days ago by campylobacter

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