TRUMP'S FASCISM USA - "Caging Children, Separating Families" is just the beginning

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  1. muckraker10021

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    TRUMP'S FASCISM USA -
    "Caging Children, Separating Families" - is just the beginning

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    “Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries.”
    ― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism


    by John W. Whitehead | June 14th 2018 |
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/14/caging-children-separating-families/


    Sometimes you have to draw a line in the sand.

    This is one of those moments.

    There are some acts so wrong-headed, so immoral, and so inhumane that they simply cannot be defended on any grounds.

    Be warned: the White House’s new “zero tolerance policy” for separating undocumented parents from their children at the border as a way of discouraging illegal immigration is pushing us into dangerous territory morally and otherwise.

    Dragging young children kicking and crying and screaming from their parents, separating those children from their parents indefinitely, locking those children up in cages (“dog kennels”) like animals, and subjecting them to the predators of the American police state: these are acts that no decent people should tolerate from their government.

    In McAllen, Texas, undocumented migrant children are being held in cages made out of wire and net. These children are sleeping on concrete floors with thin foil “space blankets” for a mattress.

    In Brownsville, Texas, reportedly more than 1,000 children who have been separated from their parents are being held in a former Walmart facility with blacked-out windows that has been transformed into a detention center and is being run by a government contractor.

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal got a chance to speak briefly with some of the migrant women being held at a federal detention facility near Seattle who had been forcibly separated from their children. Jayapal recounts:

    Thirty to 40 percent of these women came with children who had been forcibly taken away from them. None got a chance to say goodbye to their children—they were forcibly taken away. One said she was deceived, because they were in detention together. Then the CBP officers told her she was going out to get her photograph taken. When she came back, she was put in a different room, and she never got to see the child again. Some of them said they could hear their children screaming for them in the next room. The children ranged anywhere from one to teenagers.

    Bear in mind, there is no bedtime story for these children.

    There are no parents nearby to protect them from the things that go bump in the night.

    There is no assurance that they will ever be reunited with their parents again.

    You who are reading this, hold tight to your own children. They won’t be yours for long if the government is allowed to prevail in its view that children of undocumented “criminals” automatically become wards of the state.

    The government’s rationale goes like this: illegal immigrants are criminals who should be jailed; criminals in jail don’t get to keep their kids; therefore, illegal immigrants shouldn’t get to keep their kids, either.

    Wait and see.

    Allow the government to inflict this kind of terror on other people’s children, and it won’t be long before you and yours find yourselves in the government’s crosshairs.


    Allow the government to strip naturalized persons of their citizenship under trumped up pretexts (yet another tactic being proposed by the White House), and it won’t be long before your own citizenship hangs in the balance.

    Allow the government to treat whomever it pleases with disrespect and an utter disregard for the rule of law, and it won’t be long before your rights are also being disrespected.

    Whether you’re talking about weapons of war used abroad or police state tactics deployed against enemy combatants, these methods always come home to roost.

    So if you’re inclined to advance this double standard because you believe you have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide, beware: there’s always a boomerang effect.

    Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it’s in the name of national security or protecting America’s borders or making America great again—rest assured, these same practices can and will be used against you when the government decides to set its sights on you.

    Indeed, it’s just a short hop, skip and a jump from the government stripping undocumented “criminals” of their parental rights to the government meting out the same treatment to American citizens.

    After all, in this era of overcriminalization in the American police state, we are all guilty of breaking at least three laws a day without even knowing it.

    We are all at risk.

    With good reason, the policy of caging children has been widely denounced, with the United Nations human rights office calling for the U.S. to immediately halt the practice.

    All along the border, parents without proof of U.S. residency and/or citizenship are finding their families snatched up and shoved into an already overburdened system that sees them not as human beings but as numbers in a system, quotas and units.

    Between October 2017 and April 2018, more than 700 hundred families were torn apart with parents being separated from their children. This includes more than a hundred children under the age of four.

    Nearly 700 children were separated from their parents between May 6-19, 2018.

    There are now over 10,000 migrant children in government custody in 100 U.S. shelters in 14 states.

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    All 10,000 of these children have been forcibly separated from their parents.

    These 100 shelters are already “at 95% capacity and are expected to add thousands of bed spaces in the coming weeks.” The government has also considered housing these children on military bases.

    Historically, the U.S. has granted asylum to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence, especially women with children.

    That clemency is being upended by a hard-line approach to immigration that treats anyone who approaches our borders for sanctuary—whether or not they have a legitimate case to plead—as criminals.

    Just recently, in a severe break with U.S. policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered immigration judges to stop granting asylum to most victims of domestic abuse and gang violence, a move that will block tens of thousands of individuals from looking to America as a safe haven.

    So much for the words of welcome etched at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

    Clearly, the American Police State is no home for the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

    Worse, it is fast becoming a living nightmare for those who hoped for a chance at a better life for their children and instead now find themselves at the mercy of government bureaucrats, politicians and contractors whose profit margins depend on keeping larger numbers of people incarcerated.

    Thanks to the Trump Administration’s “100% prosecution” policy, these families are being torn apart without any chance at a due process hearing to assess their plea for asylum or any hope of keeping their children in their custody and under their protection.

    In fact, the government is labeling any child who arrives at the border with an undocumented family member as “unaccompanied.”

    What this means is that, for all intents and purposes, that child will become the property of the U.S. government to do with as it wills the moment its family crosses the border.

    We all know what happens to children who are left alone to fend for themselves: there are predators of every sort, many of them on the government’s payroll, looking to prey upon the young and vulnerable.

    In too many cases, these children are being trafficked, lost by the system, and rendered beyond the reach of their families. As the New Yorker recounts, “Reports have surfaced of children, some as young as toddlers, being wrested from family members, and of parents being deported before they could locate their children, who remain stranded in the U.S.”

    To Jeff Sessions, the government’s policy is cut and dried: “If people don’t want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them,” he warned. “If you don’t want your child to be separated, then don’t bring him across the border illegally.”

    It’s easy to say, perhaps.

    For those with a moral conscience and a less self-righteous attitude, it’s harder to put such a dehumanizing policy into practice.

    It’s particularly hard to swallow the government’s claim that it is doing all of this in the best interest of the migrant children. Remember, this is the same government that “lost” 1,475 migrant children within its care over a three-month period, in some cases handing them off to human traffickers.

    Under President Obama’s watch, migrant children were allegedly beaten, threatened with sexual violence and repeatedly assaulted while under the care of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. According to Newsweek, “Border authorities were accused of kicking a child in the ribs and forcing a 16-year-old girl to ‘spread her legs’ for an aggressive body search. Other children accused officers of punching a child in the head three times, running over a 17-year-old boy and denying medical care to a pregnant teen, who later had a stillbirth.”

    The government’s track record doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in its ability to act in loco parentis for these children.

    While illegal immigration is a problem that must be addressed, forcibly separating migrant children from their parents, transferring custody of them to the U.S. government, and caging them indefinitely in dog kennels cannot be the solution.

    The law of reciprocity applies here.

    I’m referring to the Golden Rule, which is found in nearly every world religion, including Judaism and Christianity. It means that we should treat others as we would have them treat us.

    In other words, if you don’t want to be locked up in a prison cell or a detention camp—if you don’t want to be discriminated against because of the color of your race, religion, politics or anything else that sets you apart from the rest—if you don’t want your loved ones shot at, strip searched, tasered, beaten and treated like slaves—if you don’t want to have to be constantly on guard against government eyes watching what you do, where you go and what you say—if you don’t want to be tortured, waterboarded or forced to perform degrading acts—if you don’t want your children to be forcibly separated from you, caged and lost—then don’t allow these evils to be inflicted on anyone else, no matter how tempting the reason or how fervently you believe in the cause.

    Too often, those who claim to be pro-life and pro-family are only pro-life and pro-family when it suits their politics and when the lives and families in question are deemed worthy enough of protecting.

    Certainly, such an attitude flies in the face of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, whose parents—immigrants seeking asylum with a child in tow—risked their lives to keep their family together. That child would grow up to command his followers to care for the “least of these” (the hungry, thirsty, homeless, naked, sick, and imprisoned).

    Christian theology aside, you don’t have to be religious to recognize the need for caution, compassion and common sense in how the government administers its immigration policies.

    Those who cannot remember the past, warned philosopher George Santayana, are condemned to repeat it.


    We are walking a dangerous path right now.

    Those screams of the migrant children being wrenched out of their mothers’ arms is a warning.

    As U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal explains, the mothers being held in detention centers didn’t realize what was happening when they were torn from their children. “In most cases, they were taken into a different room like, ‘Here we’re going take your photograph.’ Then after the photo was taken, they were taken to a different room from their child. So they never got to say goodbye.”

    There have been other mothers in other detention centers in other police states who didn’t realize what was happening until it was too late. They, too, never got to say goodbye.

    Eva Kor was 10 years old in 1944 when she and her twin sister were ripped from their mother’s arms and forcibly separated from their older sisters and parents, who were sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz. “All I remember is her arms stretched out in despair as she was pulled away. I never even got to say goodbye,” Kor recounted.

    This is how evil triumphs.

    The slippery slope to the gas chambers starts when good people remain silent in the face of evil.

    The horrors of the Nazi concentration camps weren’t kept secret from the German people. They were well-publicized. As The Guardian reports:

    The mass of ordinary Germans did know about the evolving terror of Hitler’s Holocaust… They knew concentration camps were full of Jewish people who were stigmatised as sub-human and race-defilers. They knew that these, like other groups and minorities, were being killed out of hand. They knew that Adolf Hitler had repeatedly forecast the extermination of every Jew on German soil. They knew these details because they had read about them. They knew because the camps and the measures which led up to them had been prominently and proudly reported step by step in thousands of officially-inspired German media articles and posters… The reports, in newspapers and magazines all over the country were phases in a public process of “desensitisation” which worked all too well, culminating in the killing of 6m Jews….

    Likewise, the mass of ordinary Americans are fully aware of the Trump Administration’s efforts to stigmatize and dehumanize any and all who do not fit with the government’s plans for this country.

    So when Sessions suggests that the government’s child separation policy is just the government doing its job to fight illegal immigration, don’t buy it.

    This is not about illegal immigration.

    It’s about power and control.

    It’s about testing the waters to see how far the American people will allow the government to go in re-shaping the country in the image of a totalitarian police state.

    It’s about how much evil “we the people” will tolerate before we find our conscience and our voice.

    Hannah Arendt, a Holocaust survivor who reported on the war crimes trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann, a senior officer who organized Hitler’s death camps, denounced Eichmann not because he was evil per se but because he was a bureaucrat who unquestioningly carried out orders that were immoral, inhumane and evil. His defense? He was just doing his job.

    This willingness to obey immoral instructions unthinkingly, to march in lockstep with tyrants, to mindlessly perpetuate acts of terror and inhumanity, and to justify it all as just “doing one’s job,” Arendt concluded in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, was the banality of evil.

    The question we should be asking is not whether a particular government’s actions are legal but whether they are moral and just.

    As Martin Luther King Jr. pointed out 55 years ago in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” “everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.”

    In other words, there comes a time when law and order are in direct opposition to justice.

    It’s time to draw that line in the sand.

    What we are experiencing right now are the first stages of a desensitization campaign aimed at lulling us into a false sense of security.

    As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, there is worse to come.

    The treatment being meted out to undocumented migrants and their children is only the beginning.

    This is the start of the slippery slope.

    Martin Niemöller understood this. A Lutheran minister and early Nazi supporter who was later imprisoned for opposing Hitler’s regime, Niemoller warned:

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


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  2. muckraker10021

    muckraker10021 Superstar ***** BGOL Investor

    Study the early years of Adolf Hitler's reign of "Hell-in-Germany & the world". It started off just like these first 18 months of Trump.
    Prosperous elite Germans had no complaints about Hitler; they were doing well, fuck everybody else; this is the current attitude of elite Cac America under Trump.

    Under Hitler's early years before WW2 even started ;People in mental institutions were sterilized, unions were abolished, they had the 1936 Olympic games, the autobhan was being built. Ferdinand Porsche (Volkswagen) Wilhelm Kissel (Mercedes Benz) and 99% of the German elite (Krupp's, BASF, Siemens, Bayer, etc.) was down with Hitler; they were rolling in $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ money.
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    Ferdinand Porsche showing Hitler his Volkswagen Beetle invention 1935

    Top America business are currently rolling in $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ due to Trump's huge tax cut in corporate income tax & accelerated depreciation and weakening of the few private sector unions that are left. All they care about is "shareholder value" that is, how much money they are making as the major shareholders. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Netflix, the entire pharmaceutical complex of companies, the financial industry (Wall St.) etc.etc. They don't give a shit if abortion becomes illegal. They don't give a shit that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was just declared null & void by a republiklan judge; despite the fact that it recovered ( clawed back) over $10,000,000,000 back from financial firms that conned & ripped off unsuspecting consumers. Some of the leadership of many of these firms claim they are against Trump and are registered as Democrats; but it's a false cover, they are neo-liberals whose main concern is how much money they have. They don't give a shit about 90% of all american citizens. Oh they will make noise about supporting gay rights and are against Trump's fascist immigration policies and who is allowed into the U.S. , but their number One concern is their $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ wallet; people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mike Bloomberg, Zuckerburg, etc. The RepubliKlan fascists are getting their agenda funded $900,000,000 by the Koch brother, Sheldon Adelson et al.



    The country all of us have grown up in for the past 50 years is being quickly destroyed by the Trump fascist camarilla; and the overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens are fast asleep watching "the bachelorette" or playing video games. To be sure based on all polls 65% of Americans loathe the Trump gang with great antipathy but too few of the so-called "resistance" are aware of the granular details of how Trump is gutting U.S. traditions and normalcy in the same manner one guts and cleans a fish before cooking it. The so-called resistance" is too passive as Trump stacks the Federal judiciary with unqualified reich-wing judges, removes clean air & water laws, reverses laws regarding putting prisoners in for-profit private prisons, and enacts hundreds of new laws and reversals of established laws which are all designed to DESTROY American citizens "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" as defined in the Declaration of Independence which initiated the founding of the United States of America.

    The coup de gras is the current massive tax cut for the .01% that Trump got passed with RepubliKlan votes only in the congress despite the the fact that only 30% of Americans support the hideous legislation. Unless an abrupt halt occurs in the 2018 midterm elections the U.S.A. is being turned into a neo-facist country controlled by a few thousand people. A PORNOCRACY
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    pornocracy /pɔːˈnɒkrəsɪ/
    noun

    1.Government or Domination of Government by Whores


    As former President of the U.S. Jimmy Carter stated in 2016, — he said that the United States is:


    "Just An Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"

    The shit sandwich tax bill that the RepubliKlans rammed through the US Senate is the direct result of slave-bitch republiklan politicos being $$$$$$$$$$$ bribed with Millions$$$$$$ from some of the richest people in America. Look at the chart below. What you see is legalized political bribery; legal due to the SCOTUS citizens united ruling.

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    Trump like Hitler in his early years of Terror is laying the groundwork for a fascist coup d'etat. His rock steady 35% hardcore racist faux-religious white-supremacist base is with Drumpf, ready to accept Fascism because they foolishly believe it won't affect them. Hitler's "good germans" also thought that what Hitler was doing to those "other people" would not effect them.


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    Donald Trump ‘Thank You’ Tour Rallies First Of Their Kind Since Hitler's Nuremberg Rallies


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    Imagine you are a foreign national in the U.S. and you join the U.S. armed services because you have witnessed other people who were undocumented be given their U.S. citizenship after serving in the military and being honorably discharged. Now the fascist Drumpf has apparently decided that he doesn't want this policy to continue so foreign national members of the military are being expelled and set up for deportation. Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 110,000 members of the Armed Forces have gained citizenship by serving in the U.S. military, according to the Defense Department. So much for military honor and precedent. Fucking Trump wants all foreigners he doesn't like (Black & brown people) expelled from the Fascist States of AmeriKKKa that he wants to create regardless if you take "enemy" bullets or an IED which blows off your legs for AmeriKKKa empire.

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    US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits

    JULY 5th 2018 | SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.

    The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures.

    “It was my dream to serve in the military,” said reservist Lucas Calixto, a Brazilian immigrant who filed a lawsuit against the Army last week. “Since this country has been so good to me, I thought it was the least I could do to give back to my adopted country and serve in the United States military.”

    Some of the service members say they were not told why they were being discharged. Others who pressed for answers said the Army informed them they’d been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because the Defense Department had not completed background checks on them........

    READ the rest- https://apnews.com/38334c4d061e493fb108bd975b5a1a5d/AP-NewsBreak:-US-Army-quietly-discharging-immigrant-recruits


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    Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules:
    A Kidnapped Migrant Child’s Days of Detention in Trump's Internment Jails

    A portrait of life of children detained in cages by Trump after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border
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    Adan Galicia Lopez, 3 years old, caged for 4 months




      • July 14, 2018
    Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is best not to cry. Doing so might hurt your case.

    Lights out by 9 p.m. and lights on at dawn, after which make your bed according to the step-by-step instructions posted on the wall. Wash and mop the bathroom, scrubbing the sinks and toilets. Then it is time to form a line for the walk to breakfast.

    “You had to get in line for everything,” recalled Leticia, a girl from Guatemala.

    Small, slight and with long black hair, Leticia was separated from her mother after they illegally crossed the border in late May. She was sent to a shelter in South Texas — one of more than 100 government-contracted detention facilities for migrant children around the country that are a rough blend of boarding school, day care center and medium security lockup. They are reserved for the likes of Leticia, 12, and her brother, Walter, 10.

    The facility’s list of no-no’s also included this: Do not touch another child, even if that child is your hermanito or hermanita — your little brother or sister.

    Leticia had hoped to give her little brother a reassuring hug. But “they told me I couldn’t touch him,” she recalled.......

    ........Leticia wrote letters from the shelter in South Texas to her mother, who was being held in Arizona, to tell her how much she missed her. She would quickly write these notes after she had finished her math worksheets, she said, so as not to violate yet another rule: No writing in your dorm room. No mail.

    She kept the letters safe in a folder for the day when she and her mother would be reunited, though that still hasn’t happened. “I have a stack of them,” she said.

    Another child asked her lawyer to post a letter to her detained mother, since she had not heard from her in the three weeks since they had been separated....


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    Abrupt release of hundreds of migrants in Phoenix is 'start of dam breaking'
    "You'll start to see this all across the southern border soon," a senior DHS official told NBC News.

    by Julia Ainsley / Oct.09.2018 / 3:53 PM ‎CDT


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    WASHINGTON — Hundreds of migrant families seeking asylum in the U.S. were released from detention in Arizona this week without warning and without instructions on where to go, how to find relatives or travel to their court hearings.

    A senior Department of Homeland Security official told NBC News the release is "the start of a dam breaking" as family detention facilities, which now hold thousands of migrants, reach capacity.



    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are releasing the families from detention en masse without following their usual protocol that ensures immigrants have a means to travel to their court hearin
    The reason, the official said, is the growing number of immigrant families coming to the U.S. seeking asylum. In August, the latest month for which data is available, more than 12,700 parents and children traveling together were apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, up from 4,193 in August 2017.


    ICE spokeswoman Yasmeen O'Keefe said because of the volume of families presenting themselves along the Arizona border, ICE can no longer review each immigrant's travel plans prior to release without violating a federal court agreement, known as the Flores settlement, that limits the amount of time children can be detained to 20 days.

    "To mitigate that risk, ICE began to curtail such reviews in Arizona beginning Sunday, October 7," O'Keefe said.

    Immediately, churches and nonprofit organizations in Arizona began to feel the effect of that policy. A representative of a church in Phoenix, who asked not to be named in order to avoid retaliation by anti-immigration protesters, said she received word from ICE it would begin bringing the immigrants over the weekend.
    g and reunite with potential relatives in the U.S.

    The adults have ankle monitors to track their whereabouts until their scheduled court date to make their case before a judge for asylum.

    "This is the start of a dam breaking," the official said. "You'll start to see this all across the southern border soon."


    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/im...s-migrants-phoenix-start-dam-breaking-n918256

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