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Trump admin's gyrating story on separating families at the border insults our intelligence

Trump admin's gyrating story on separating families at the border insults our intelligence

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  • Border separation of illegal parents from their children during the previous Administration ...

    FYI — Jacobin is an intellectual Socialist publication; always worth reading to get an alternate point of view

    Here is a germane extract from the article:

    “Here is a brief list of things the Obama administration

    Border separation of illegal parents from their children during the previous Administration ...

    FYI — Jacobin is an intellectual Socialist publication; always worth reading to get an alternate point of view

    Here is a germane extract from the article:

    “Here is a brief list of things the Obama administration did do:

    Arrested tens of thousands of undocumented parents whose kids were US citizens, causing them to lose contact with their children.

    “Disappeared” those parents in the immigration enforcement system, where they were nigh-on impossible to track down, before deporting them to countries they hadn’t lived in for as long as decades.

    Orphaned thousands of kids who were left without a legal guardian when their parents were shunted to another country.

    Sent the parents of those kids to places where there was more than a good chance they’d be kidnapped, tortured, sexually assaulted, killed, or sometimes all of the above.

    Traumatized both the kids left behind and the kids whose parents were undocumented but not yet arrested, which saw those kids develop symptoms of PTSD, stress-based health problems, and night terrors.

    In other words, Obama may have never specifically called for migrants to have their kids taken away when crossing the border, but wrenching parents away from their kids — in many cases, permanently — was for many years a regular, known outcome of his policies.

    This isn’t even to mention the Alien Transfer and Exit Program (ATEP), began in 2008, but which saw an increase in use under Obama. ATEP was a less extreme precursor to Trump’s current policy, with the same goal: to make crossing the border such an awful, disorienting ordeal that migrants would never try to do so again.”