This 20 June 2018 video from the USA says about itself:
Child Prison Camps: More Evil, More Expensive
“Family separation at the border is not a cost-cutting measure for President Donald Trump: Newly created “tent cities” for migrant children being separated from their parents cost $775 per night per person, according to a new report.
That’s two to three times what it costs to put them in a permanent facility or to keep them with their parents. NBC News’s Julia Ainsley, citing an official at the Department of Health and Human Services, reported on Wednesday that the “tent cities” the US government is setting up to hold the influx of migrant children cost nearly $800 per night, much more than other alternatives. There’s a lot of urgency to get these temporary facilities up and running fast, and bringing in security, air conditioning, medical workers, and other government contractors at such a pace is expensive.
For comparison, NBC News reports holding a child in a permanent HHS facility in Brownsville, Texas, costs $256 per night per person. And keeping kids with their parents in a detention center costs about $298 per resident per night. In other words, it’s most cost-effective to keep kids with their parents or, at the very least, in preexisting facilities.”
Read more here.
‘PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS FORCED ON CHILDREN’ Migrant children are being routinely drugged with psychotropics by staff working on the behalf of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, according to legal filings. The allegations center on a mental health facility in Texas, but lawyers claim the practice is widespread. [HuffPost]
TRUMP ORDER ABANDONS KIDS President Donald Trump’s executive order to end his administration’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant families likely won’t apply to the more than 2,300 children who have already been taken from their parents, the Department of Health and Human Services said. But that didn’t stop Ivanka Trump publicly thanking her dad for ending the family separation policy he started. [HuffPost]
TOYS SNATCHED The kids who are being separated from their parents at the border are having their toys confiscated, too, while AP is reporting that immigrant children as young as 14 were beaten, handcuffed and left in solitary for long periods at a juvenile detention center in Virginia. [HuffPost]
Trump barely mentioned the immigration uproar at his rally in Minnesota. [HuffPost]
HOUSE OF STRAIN Tensions in the House boiled over Wednesday night when Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had a heated exchange on the floor over two immigration bills that lawmakers will vote on today. [HuffPost]
This 21 June 2018 video says about itself:
A day after us president Donald Trump signed an executive order to stop the separation of migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border, the House of Representatives is set to vote on a new immigration bill. Democrats have opposed the bill as they say it will increase funding for the border wall and will limit the intake of legal migrants to the country.
‘DON’T COLLABORATE’ A former government employee who quit his job after refusing to hand over information about immigrants to ICE has explained why he left: “You don’t collaborate with fascists.” [HuffPost]
Bruce Springsteen went off script last night at his concert to slam the “disgracefully inhumane” crisis on the U.S. border.
Splitting families may end, but migrant kids’ trauma needs to be studied, by Laura Sanders, 5:39pm, June 20, 2018.
Evangelicals keep misusing the same Bible verses to give Trump a pass.
Is Donald Tusk any better than Donald Trump? There are some differences between the European Union and United States anti-immigrant policies, but the effect is the same; according to Dutch daily NRC Next, 21 June 2018.
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Dear Friends and Activists,
When the Bush administration was torturing innocent people at
Guantanamo, including people who’s only crime was being sold into
bondage by some Afghan war lord, some member of Congress argued it
was all OK because, “Hey, look at the lunch menu, there’s lemon
chicken on it.”
But not even the Bush administration packed toddlers sobbing for
their parents into chain link holding pens indistinguishable from dog
kennels. He is torturing children to try to punish sincere asylum
seekers, and his political opponents. And all Trump can do is blame
Democrats for his own CHANGE in policy.
Call your members of Congress now. Demand an immediate end to these
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Let’s be clear on this, there is no law for which the punishment for
a misdemeanor (illegal border crossing), let alone for the RIGHT of
seeking asylum, is to have your children stolen, mixed up and lost in
a bureaucratic morass perhaps never to be seen by their parents
This is not “enforcing” the law. This is using the law as a cruel and
cynical excuse. They refuse to accept asylum applications, themselves
thereby breaking the law, even as they accuse immigrants of not
Yesterday, Trump accused these families fleeing persecution in their
own countries of being murderers and thieves. He tried to insinuate
these were “fake” families, just as he denigrates real news
reporters. Today he tarred them with the words “traffickers” and
“smugglers.” While the thief in chief robs them of their children.
Some miserable right wing jerk actually posted a video on YouTube
accusing children of “fake” crying, like they have repeatedly accused
mass murder victims of fake dying. “Crisis actor” infants indeed.
A sobbing 2 year old girl is not a murderer. She is not a thief. She
not a member of some boogie man MS13 gang. Neither is she a rapist.
She is a victim of the most unconscionable lying monster who has ever
occupied the Oval Office.
That is not a statement of partisan animosity. That is a statement of
Trump deliberately created this vile humanitarian crisis, touted it
as his own policy baby, bragged about its malicious intent, and now
just wants to hang the blame on the out of power Democrats.
What happened to the guy who is so fond of wagging executive orders
in our faces bearing his pompous signature? Trump can stop this with
one phone call.
The Homeland Security secretary asserted yesterday that “Congress
alone can fix it.” That’s a little different from when Trump told us
all that “I alone can fix it.” In this one case only, that would be a
And everyone admits this who hasn’t got his leash around their necks,
even a lot of Republicans. They couldn’t even get Sarah Sanders, who
routinely defends the indefensible like a droning monotone automaton,
to stand behind a podium yesterday to parrot yet again, “It’s the
law, it’s the law.”
We are not stuck with horrible laws. For the moment we are stuck with
a horrible Trump.
We need to do more than just put an end to this latest escalation of
outrage. Enough Trump is enough. And you can demonstrate that with
any of our Dump Trump message gifts.
Trump, YOU’RE Fired caps: https://www.utalk.us/?g=2:Y .
The People’s Email Network, PO Box 35022, L.A., CA 90035
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Trump’s executive order directs ICE and border patrol to put children and parents in detention camps indefinitely. Congress must defund ICE and Border Patrol.
Will you call your representatives in Congress now?
Yesterday, Trump made the crisis at the border worse.
Under the executive order he signed, instead of forcibly separating children and parents, immigration agencies will put children in jail with their parents indefinitely.1
What’s more, there’s no plan at all to reunite the 2,300 children already taken from their parents.2
Trump and his cronies would like the country to believe that there are only two ways to treat immigrants and asylum-seekers–take children away while the government prosecutes parents for legally seeking asylum, or jail children and parents together.
They’re wrong. The only way to stop separating families and jailing children is to stop jailing immigrants and asylum-seekers. Period.
Congress has the power to stop this disaster. It controls funding for Trump’s immigration force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol. But instead of taking action to stop Trump’s inhumane immigration policies, TODAY Congress is considering two anti-immigrant bills that would allow ICE to detain children indefinitely and deport adults to the violence they were fleeing.3
Linda, these families need us. We need to be even louder and clearer for Congress to hear: Reject legislation that will harm and jail families and stop funding ICE and Border Patrol!
Here are the numbers to call:
Rep. Sessions – (202) 225-2231
Sen. Cornyn – (202) 224-2934
Sen. Cruz – (202) 224-5922
After you call, let us know how it went here.
It is always best to speak in your own words, but here are some points you should make:
Hi, my name is ___, from (city, state). In light of Trump’s executive order to put immigrant families in detention camps, I’m asking the [Senator or Representative] to condemn the executive order and support defunding ICE and Border Patrol.
Trump’s executive order directs ICE and Border Patrol to put families in internment camps. Without funding, these Trump-controlled, anti-immigrant agencies can’t separate or detain families. Neither agency keeps us safe–they only terrorize immigrants and satisfy anti-immigrant fears stoked by politicians.
Today, I want the [Representative] to vote NO on Speaker Paul Ryan’s bill and Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s bill.
Speaker Ryan’s bill doesn’t ensure families stay together and allows children to be jailed indefinitely. After adults get out of jail, nothing in this bill actually says Trump can’t still keep their kids separated. Parents could even get deported while their kids remain in the U.S., separating them by law permanently. This bill would also override current law to allow ICE to hold kids in immigration jail run by private prison companies indefinitely with their parents.4
Rep. Goodlatte’s bill targets black immigrants by eliminating the diversity visa program; drastically cuts family immigration; further militarizes the border; harms low-wage immigrant workers already vulnerable to abuse and exploitation; and wants automatic detention and deportation of anyone who comes in contact with authorities.5
Make a call now.
Thank you for speaking out.
–Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Pam, Lindsay, and Ryan, the UltraViolet team
1. Children ‘Don’t Need Jail.’ Immigration Advocates Say President Trump’s Executive Order Creates Even More Problems, Time, June 20, 2018
2. Trump Admin to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Families Together; No Plan to Reunite Separated Children, Democracy Now!, June 21, 2018
3. The House GOP says their new bill bans separating families at the border. That’s a lie., Vox, June 15, 2018
5. The 4 Worst Parts of the Securing America’s Future Act, Center for American Progress, June 7, 2018
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I got John Cornyn’s Houston staffer on the phone and gave him a piece of my mind about the “zero-tolerance” policy separating children from their families.
When I asked what Senator Cornyn’s position is, he said the senator opposes family separation—but the “humane” legislation he introduced would worsen the plight of these families. Cruz and Culberson’s offices didn’t even answer my call. They all need to be exposed for supporting these despicable policies.
That’s what you’re helping me do—making phone calls and holding our representatives accountable for this despicable policy.
And we’re still going. This pressure is working – they’re feeling it. Trump signed an executive order to (supposedly) keep families together, and just announced they will suspend prosecutions of migrant families apprehended at the border. But that isn’t enough–we need to force Congress to act. Every member, every minute. Will you call your member of Congress today?
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Thanks for remaining by these kids. They really need us right now.
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