First Draft of #1: I was trying to find where the policy is that states children are to be separated from their parents. --I was confused. I looked some articles up to try and become less confused. I found this by NBC first: https://www.nbcnews.com/…/1-995-children-separated-families… where it says: "The administration's 'zero tolerance' policy, which was announced by the Department of Justice in April, separates children from their parents or legal guardians because the adults have been referred to DHS for prosecution for illegal entry into the United States." But when I clicked on the link inside the article and read it, https://www.justice.gov/…/attorney-general-announces-zero-t…, I didn't see anything about separating children from parents. So then I was thoroughly confused. I continued to search. I found a long but good article at Vox: https://www.vox.com/…/children-immigrant-families-separated… that states, "To be clear, there is no official Trump policy stating that every family entering the US without papers has to be separated. What there is is a policy that all adults caught crossing into the US illegally are supposed to be criminally prosecuted — and when that happens to a parent, separation is inevitable." But I wanted more, and I then found kind of unfortunately more information at The New York Times. Why did I say unfortunately about TNYT? Because something tells me many people on the far Right do not want to read TNYT: https://www.nytimes.com/…/fact-check-republicans-family-sep… ---- That last article states the combination of a class action suit started in the Reagan administration and ending in the Clinton administration WITH the new Trump/Sessions "Zero Tolerance Policy" is why the children are being separated from their families. But even TNYT article is not completely clear, in my opinion.
Now, I read somewhere that the children who are separated cannot be hugged if they are crying. There is a "No touch" policy or something. That prompted me to want to find these children and SING WITH THEM. How many Disney songs do they know? I don't know if I know any Mexican or Central American folk songs, but I SURELY CAN SIGHT READ and learn music, quickly by ear. (Go to my Voice Practice Page.) ---- I am way up here in Ohio. Man alive, if I went to Texas all by myself. -- And my sister is getting married in less than two weeks. Not sure I could change my work schedule right now. I could try. ---- I gotta find some musicians in Texas and Arizona and beg them to go sing with those children!!!!!!!!
And I want to CURSE! If ANYBODY knows anything about being separated from parents and family, IT IS ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! --- I was separated from both parents and my sister for one YEAR, when I was sent to live with my Great Aunts and Uncles. This might end up being one of the first chapters of the memoir. I mean, it WAS the first chapter for years, and then I revised and so on...
Now I skimmed through this https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/inside-casa-padre-the-converted-walmart-where-the-us-is-holding-nearly-1500-immigrant-children/2018/06/14/0cd65ce4-6eba-11e8-bd50-b80389a4e569_story.html?utm_term=.c826f3de17b4, and it says, "Federal officials have not allowed reporters to visit the facilities that house the youngest children, and it is not clear precisely how many of those children are being held or where.... Advocates for immigrants worry that shelters across the border, including Casa Padre, do not have enough employees or the experience to help so many young children in such difficult circumstances."
SING WITH THEM
NPR ARTICLE TALKS ABOUT THE "NO HUGGING" here; it is AWFUL.-- https://www.npr.org/2018/06/15/620254326/doctors-warn-about-dangers-of-child-separations
--- BUT AGAIN, what IS THE POLICY? In the NPR article, it states that two siblings were not allowed to hug; then at the end, it says in certain circumstances at Southwest Key, they allow hugging. Very good, common sense, please keep using it in EVERY SHELTER. AND SING WITH THEM.
#2. The argument “Where was your outrage then?” is a deflective device, an attempt to make the opposing side feel badly for not caring at some point in the past. Any of us could find negative examples from the time our opposing party was in power and say, “Where was your outrage, then?”
As a matter of fact, I could say, “Where WAS the outrage from ANYONE from any side for ANY things that happened to the immigrant children in 2014, and for that matter Native Americans, and African Americans in the past?” Were most of us unaware? Are we still unaware? I was unaware of the policies. Okay, I have read more and learned most of the children in 2014 came alone, but how they are treated when they get here is quite important. We need to get the facts straight about what was happening in 2014 and what the facts are about THIS administration’s handling of things on the issue of separating families. Is it justified for any President to do things in a harsh, negative, or cruel way to get what He (or She) wants in the end, his or her agenda? Is it justified for any President to do cruel things, period? Going about things in a negative and/or cruel way and then blaming others who may not have known what was happening, or if some did know in the past but maybe did not understand, is hypocritical. Take responsibility. Be a better human being. (None of us are perfect. When my memoir is done, hopefully one freakin' day, some may read it and see that I was not perfect and am not perfect, either. I'm trying to evolve, become enlightened so to speak, to understand and act from compassion. That is important. Everyone is evolving, but we need to elect more people into office who understand this. Collective karma, y'all, really.)
Also, how about we use history as examples in our arguments to back up new relevant ways to make things better, rather than using history to belittle someone who may have been dealing with any numerous things at the time said history happened and couldn’t pay attention as well as she or he may have liked. And let's not use history to spin the truth into lies. It's draining to try and find the truth when people do that on purpose.