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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 
2 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 
2 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 
2 days ago by rgl7194
What Is Really Behind Trump’s Controversial Immigration Policies? | FiveThirtyEight
Welcome to Secret Identity, our regular column on identity and its role in politics and policy.
The Trump administration’s policy that has resulted in separating children from their parents as part of its border-enforcement strategy is generating widespread opposition, even from people who have traditionally been allies of the president. It has forced the administration to defend an approach that polls terribly1 and results in images of children in cages and accounts of breastfeeding kids being taken away from their mothers.
It seems like bad politics.
gov2.0  politics  trump  immigration  children  538 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Child abuse in ICE detention
Court case with testimony from teenagers beaten by guards
children  immigration  abuse  violence  trump  politics 
2 days ago by nelson
The Story Behind that Viral Photo of a Toddler Crying at the Border
One of the most viral and talked about photos this week is of a 2-year-old daughter looking up and crying at her mother at the US-Mexico border. The Honduran mother and child were being taken into custody by federal agents when they were photographed by Getty Images photographer John Moore, who shares the story behind the shot in the 7-minute CNN interview above.
“As the father myself, this photograph was especially difficult for me to take,” Moore writes in the caption of his photo on Instagram. “It is one from a series […] while I was on a ride-along with the Border Patrol in Texas’ Río Grande Valley.”
photography  children  gov2.0  politics  immigration  trump 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Kamala Harris on Twitter: "This Executive Order in no way deals with reuniting the *two thousand three hundred* children ...
This Executive Order in no way deals with reuniting the *two thousand three hundred* children who have been torn away from their parents and remain separated. When will they see their parents again? They must be reunited immediately.
twitter  politics  children  immigration  donaldtrump  kamalaharris  @senkamalaharris  from twitter_favs
3 days ago by coslinks

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