Atrocity on the Border- Pentagon To Host 20,000 More Kids.

The agony continues for warehoused immigrant children.

The horrific saga of the biggest human rights crisis in recent American history has continued to play out all week, causing a tremendous dissonance and moral rupture in the country.

Public discovery of the Trump administration’s mass warehousing of immigrant children on the border has thrown a bomb into the consciousness of America. Pandemonium reigns from shore to shore.

The people responsible, however, do not seem to mind.

They certainly don’t seem to feel the least bit bad about it. Let alone accepting their own accountability, they are not even ready to admit they’ve done anything wrong. In fact, they’re just getting started. And they are about to double down.

Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services has now commanded the Pentagon to make preparations to house as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on American military bases, a United States official said.

In simpler language, that means plans to create new detention camps are being drawn. This isn’t getting better.

Jeff Sessions defiantly doubled down against the advice of his own pastor and personal congregation, saying that this will not end until Trump gets his wall.

He sanctimoniously quoted the Bible passage used by slaveholders back before the Civil War to justify their monstrous practice of treating their fellow humans as cattle.

Nikki Haley reviled the U.N. Human Rights Council without ceasing, decrying it as a “cesspool of political bias.”

If it’s a cesspool, Nikki, you and your lot ought to be very happy there. It’s where you belong, but the real cesspool, of course, is the warehouse they’ve been housing these kids in.

The confusion and humanitarian concerns unleashed by Trump’s policy cannot be adequately explained with language. These people have built a hell on earth for little children and are calling it a nursery school.

“We have high standards,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, with no sense of her own absurdity. “We give them meals and we give them education and we give them medical care. There are videos, there are TVs.”

Those high standards she’s talking about-There is a piece of audio recorded from inside that godforsaken pit by ProPublica. Children are screaming. Without stopping.

It makes for some of the most horrible sounds of woe any person ever heard. The lamentations of all democracy were in their voices. This is a mark on our national honor that can never be undone.

Meanwhile, news from the border continues rolling in, bringing with it headlines that defy credulity.

“Torn from Immigrant Parents, 8-month-old Baby lands in Michigan”.

“Deputy Accused of Sexually Assaulting Girl, 4, threatening to have mother deported if she spoke up.”

“Immigrant Children Injected With Drugs”.

The latter piece began with the sentence “Trump’s zero-tolerance policy is creating a zombie army of children forcibly injected with medications”.

This is not a movie, nor the National Enquirer, nor some nutty Russian disinformation bot.

They really are using antipsychotics on little tiny kids.

Legal filings show immigrant children in U.S. custody subdued with psychiatric drugs. Hardcore ones, too, like olanzapine and ziprasidone, stuff with really heavy sedating properties and awful side effects.

This is the kind of thing that goes on in the darkest recesses of American prisons, according to the testimonials of writers like Jack Henry Abbott and George Jackson. We do this now to five-year-olds?

The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics told CNN the practice is “nothing less than government-sanctioned child abuse.”

The psychiatric community of America is all but unanimous in their conclusion that the incarcerated children are going to be shellshocked for life. Nadine Burke Harris of the Center for Youth Wellness referred to Trump’s policy as a “recipe for toxic stress.”

Post-traumatic stress is nothing nice. People end up on drugs, they have permanent abandonment issues, they can’t sleep, they get night terrors, etc.

Add to this a whacked-out neurochemistry caused by psychotropic tampering done to the person against their will, in early childhood, and you’ve got a deeply wounded human being. For what?

The crime of being an immigrant’s child, taken across the border by your parents.

This is repugnant far beyond anything else the already disgusting Trump administration has done so far, and although he did sign something meant to end the separation of families, the damage has already been done. These kids will never forget this, no matter what else happens in their life.

Raising awareness has always been our task at Millennial Democrats, but this time is on another level from the others. We’ve got to think of something that will get these kids out of that warehouse.

Thinking along those lines, Democrats nationwide announced that they would not wait for Congress to act. A coalition of 10 states filed a lawsuit aimed at making sure that the Trump administration does not continue to separate children from their parents at the border.

“President Trump yesterday signed an empty and meaningless order that claims to take back policies that he put in place himself as a political stunt,” said Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general, who is a plaintiff in the suit. “Meanwhile, these children, their parents and people around the world need answers regarding what comes next.”

“I still think we’re in a state of national crisis,” New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker told The Associated Press in an interview.

Until we get those answers, this crisis is never going to end.

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Supreme Court Allows Immigrants Held Without Bond- A Slippery Slope.

A rotten decision.

The news has been flying hot and heavy lately on a number of different topics. One that has inspired a gigantic response, from both left and right, is the recent news from the Supreme Court that immigrants can be held by U.S. immigration officials indefinitely without receiving bond hearings, even if they have permanent legal status or are seeking asylum, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

In a 5-3 ruling Tuesday, with one recusal, the court ruled that immigrants do not have the right to periodic bond hearings.

 

The court affirmed the right of the government to detain immigrants indefinitely behind bars.

“Immigration officials are authorized to detain certain aliens in the course of immigration proceedings while they determine whether those aliens may be lawfully present in the country,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion.

There has been an ongoing class-action lawsuit about this, spearheaded by Alejandro Rodriguez, an immigrant with permanent legal status who was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and joyriding. He was detained by immigration officials for three years without a bond hearing.

The ACLU took up his case, eventually winning his release and the cancellation of his deportation order. The government’s appeal was begun under the Obama administration, and continued after Trump took office last year. That set a precedent which has now been reversed.

What’s really worth paying attention to here is that a man with permanent legal status, a citizen for all practical intents and purposes, has been yanked off the street on minor charges and done more time than he would have for the charges themselves, just because he was originally from another country.

Besides this decision being absolutely lousy according to any sort of ethical code, it’s also very dangerous.

The right-wing, particularly the ones who’ve been screaming apocalyptically that President Obama was coming for their guns and putting us all in FEMA camps these last eight years, ought to know what it’s like to live in fear of an authoritarian American government running rampant over the rights of the citizenry.

The incident of Ruby Ridge comes to mind as an example of a time when the far right themselves have been on the receiving end. Republicans need to be reminded of this, and it might even get through to some. More people took it seriously in a debate than I’d expected.

The significance of this event is heightened considerably by where it appears on the timeline of all this. It’s another brick in the wall in every possible sense; the Border Patrol is building a piece of wall on California’s land, right now. It’s another big sign that things are terribly wrong, in Donald Trump’s America.

This concerns us all. It’s a slippery slope leading right to the end of our democracy if we’re not careful. There’s no doubt at all that we’re in trouble on many different levels right now, and all of them are based on a steady attack on our nation’s institutions by its own president.

Mike Rogers, our current CIA director, warned the nation today that Trump has literally not given him permission to do anything to prevent the Russian efforts geared at hacking the new elections.

It was also confirmed today the Russians penetrated voter data in seven states at least and targeted at least 21. Still, though, Trump refuses to admit it’s anything but a hoax.

He’s been going around recently, boasting about the seven more years he’ll be in office. Now that Rick Gates is testifying against Manafort, though, it might not be seven more months.

Millennial Democrats will be releasing a piece soon on how to best protect your right to have your vote counted within the next day or two.

As this continues, we’re going to have to record these things for posterity and help to spread awareness as best we can, with the ultimate goal in mind of getting people to vote.

They cannot cheat us enough to win if we show up in our tens of millions.

Never Give Poland To Hitler! Schumer Rejects Trump’s Immigration Plan.

Trumpolini

Democrats have roundly rejected Donald Trump’s callous new immigration plan, on the grounds of common sense and principle. As if we were all at a gigantic auto meet, he plans to pressure us to swap the future of our DACA recipients, or Dreamers, for that stupid wall of his.

Trump told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer(D-NY) the following- If there is no wall, there is no DACA. Unbelieveable.

This is America. We don’t ruin and discard hundreds of thousands of lives, over a pile of bricks and cement, in America. These are people. Not baseball cards.

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines the word “callous” as describing someone who is unkind, cruel, and without sympathy or feeling for other people.

Trump’s new immigration scheme is an excellent working example.

Since it’s Trump, the tendency is to want to avoid shock and revulsion at a story like this, having been shocked thus so many times before, but it simply isn’t possible.

When did Trump voters become so afraid? What is it that has scared them so? These rhetorical questions point the way to a dead and sordid end.

At any rate, Democrats have flatly rejected the whole repugnant concept. Looks like we’re headed for another shutdown.

Although the plan did provide a quick fix security option for Dreamers, it would have done so at a cost of tremendous damage to the immigration system.

The deal was to provide a 10-12 year pathway to citizenship for the 700,000 Dreamers already registered in the program, plus roughly another million undocumented young people in similar straits.

In exchange, Trump’s White House expects Democrats, and pro-reform Republicans, to accede to proposals that will cut even legal immigration by an estimated 50 percent. Particularly, it will be limiting the flow of non-white immigrants.

It will also squander $25 billion on the wall.

That’s a lot of extra taxes, but the Trump voters don’t seem to understand. It’s like they still think Mexico is footing the bill.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi summed up the plan simply as “anti-immigrant.”

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Trump’s plan would institute Trump’s “hard-line immigration agenda on the backs of these young people.”

“President Trump and Republicans cannot be allowed to use Dreamers as a bargaining chip for their wish list of anti-immigrant policies,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

As tempting as it is to give in to this, to protect our friends and our family, it would empower and embolden Trump immensely. The Wall was a signature campaign promise, and news of that $25 billion would have proved to his base once and for all that he’s their man- and many others too, most likely.

After that, they’ll be twice as greedy and twice as aggressive. We have no choice but to stymie them with steadfast resistance. This is the only logical way to proceed.

Trump would not stop with this, of course, even if we did give in. Tyrants never do.

Appeasement is a dirty word for a reason.

It means giving in to brutal dictators, meekly giving in to bullying force.

Above all, it casts the image of the 1938 Munich agreement, where the British prime minister Neville Chamberlain feebly gave in to the outrageous demands of Adolf Hitler, agreeing to allow the violent annexation of Sudeten Czechoslovakia without protest.

Hitler had promised Chamberlain that this would be the last of his territorial demands in Europe but still attacked Poland just under a year later, destroying Chamberlain’s reputation and beginning World War Two.

Never give Poland to Hitler.

Going forward, we are going to be raising awareness about what this plan actually consists of. We’re not going to accede to Trump’s insane demands. But we also have to make it clear why we said no.

Trump wants to use this proposed path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants as an excuse to devastate the legal immigration system. This cannot be allowed.

“This plan flies in the face of what most Americans believe,” Schumer said on Twitter. While Trump “finally acknowledged that the Dreamers should be allowed to stay here and become citizens, he uses them as a tool to tear apart our legal immigration system and adopt the wish list that anti-immigration hard-liners have advocated for years.”

Schumer’s decision marks the strategic direction of the Democratic opposition.

We are not going to accede to any deal that’s going to hurt the country in the long run, and it’s really sad that our own President would put us in this position. It is sadder still that he sees nothing of value in all these people than a bargaining chip in political negotiations.

We have to find a way forward on immigration that will not come back to haunt us in the future.