Rantt Rundown: The Trump Administration Is Running Baby Internment Camps
Day 516 of the Trump presidency
Today, the inhumanity of the Trump administration continued.
The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting all undocumented immigrants who cross the southern border unlawfully has resulted in at least 2,300 immigrant children separated from their parents, with at least 700 more separated before the policy was officially announced (a deep dive into the policy, fact-checks of Trump’s lies, and reaction to it here). The United Nations has condemned this as an illegal human rights abuse. The White House is doing this for political purposes, to rile up their base and to use the kids as ransom to leverage Democratic support for their border wall. The stories about this horrific humanitarian crisis at the southern border are rattling decent people around the United States, and today the depravity went to a new level.
The Associated Press published a heartbreaking story that should shake every human being to their very core. The Trump administration is running what are essentially baby jails, and the conditions are abhorrent.
Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.
Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.
Decades after the nation’s child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents.
“The thought that they are going to be putting such little kids in an institutional setting? I mean it is hard for me to even wrap my mind around it,” said Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which provides foster care and other child welfare services to migrant children. “Toddlers are being detained.”
“I was inside the building and there are babies sitting by themselves in a cage with other babies.”
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 20, 2018
Deterrence has consequences.
Migrants will stop seeking asylum with their families and instead try to run for it — crossing for days through dangerous routes in the deserts of Arizona or dense brush of South Texas.
Think a baby can survive that?
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) June 20, 2018
There you have it. The United States of America is systematically detaining babies and putting them in a traumatic state of distress. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow broke down while trying to deliver this news to the American people.
In a stark juxtaposition to Corey Lewandowski’s depravity, Rachel Maddow cries on air while reading the @AP’s report on immigrant babies forcibly taken from their parents.
The shelters reportedly have play rooms full of crying babies in crisis…pic.twitter.com/wzI5SOB1qQ
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) June 20, 2018
The Corey Lewandowski mention is referring to the former Trump Campaign Manager and current associate of President Trump, who had a disgraceful appearance on cable news today.
.@Zac_Petkanas says on Fox News a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome was separated from her mother at the border.
Corey Lewandowski responds: “Womp womp.” pic.twitter.com/cZMXWmwbjw
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) June 19, 2018
It’s time to call out the indecent among us who challenge our very humanity.
Let’s be real here:
What has been apparent since day one of his candidacy is that the underlying characteristic of Trumpism shared among all his die-hard supporters is a blatant, unempathetic, sinister, stunningly high level of indecency fueled by bigotry, grievance, & stupidity https://t.co/RKHeDExh3f
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) June 20, 2018
And it appears that is beginning to happen. Thread:
Part one of a video of @mdc_dsa @DC_IWW and others shouting DHS Secretary Nielsen out of a restaurant. She doesn’t need to be kidnapping #immigrantchildren to deserve this treatment. Don’t give the regime a moment of rest. #KeepFamilesTogether pic.twitter.com/B3RfraOk1E
— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) June 20, 2018
This day began with President Trump continuing his dehumanization of these Latino immigrants, claiming they are “infesting” America. This is white nationalist authoritarian talk.
Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2018
First—he conflated them with MS-13
Then—he boosted deportations & rescinded DACA
Then—he called them animals
Then—he said of migrant kids: “They look so innocent. They’re not innocent.”
Now—he cages them
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) June 19, 2018
The Trump administration has refused to allow journalists to shoot video in these centers. They have refused so far to provide images of where the young girls are, leading to intense pushback from the press. All we have so far is the heartbreaking audio of little girls crying for their parents.
And this all came as the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council…
What is happening in America right now is an inhumane disgrace of historic proportions. This White House has decided to stand firmly by this policy and on the wrong side of history. The cruelty President Trump and his administration are showcasing here is truly stunning, short-sighted, and downright evil. As these conditions get worse, we can only hope this ends before the inevitable worst case scenario. These children are about to be in unbearable heat in under-resourced facilities…
NBC is reporting that the feds’ new desert tent city outside of Tornillo, Texas, is preparing for more than 4,000 children. 20 to a tent. Expected high in Tornillo tomorrow: 106 degrees.
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) June 20, 2018
This is not simply blue vs. red America. This is decency vs. depravity. Truth vs. deception. Good vs. evil. History is watching all of us. Neutrality is complicity. Pick a side.
President Trump. End this NOW.
See you there:
BREAKING: @RepJayapal announces #FamiliesBelongTogether rallies across the nation on 6/30 to protest @realdonaldtrump’s cruel & in-humane anti-immigrant policy. RSVP here: https://t.co/py6jgupBVK pic.twitter.com/nhgzGwdjKX
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) June 19, 2018
- Rep. Elijah Cummings gave forceful condemnation of this inhumanity.
Grab the tissues and turn up the sound. REAL LOUD.
When you’re finished watching this video please call (202) 224-3121 AND DEMAND THEY STOP TRUMP’S FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY. pic.twitter.com/MGzbmxt7EF
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 19, 2018
- And so did Senator Hirono.
WATCH: Sen. Hirono on Trump admin. family separation policy:
“Mr. President, have a heart for a change. Take that goddamn pen of yours and do away with this horrendous, inhumane policy of yours that rips children from the arms of their parents.” pic.twitter.com/u1jBKjOdlZ
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 19, 2018
- 600 members of the United Methodist Church, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ church, signed a letter condemning the child separation policy and accused Sessions of child abuse.
- President Trump met with his sycophants on the Hill.
While children cry in cages, Republicans on the Hill applaud the President.
They own this inhumanity.
Vote them out. pic.twitter.com/UJASxKB3ZN
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) June 20, 2018
- The New York Times reported:
Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr. shorted stock in a shipping firm — an investment tactic for profiting if share prices fall — days after learning that reporters were preparing a potentially negative story about his dealings with the Kremlin-linked company.
The transaction, valued between $100,000 and $250,000, took place last fall after Mr. Ross became aware that journalists investigating offshore finances were looking at his investments in the shipper Navigator Holdings, whose major clients included a Russian energy company. The New York Times emailed a list of questions about Navigator to Mr. Ross on Oct. 26.
Three business days later, Mr. Ross, a wealthy investor, opened a short position in Navigator, according to filings released on Monday by the Office of Government Ethics. The company’s stock price slid about 4 percent before Mr. Ross closed his position on Nov. 16, eleven days after the articles were published by The Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists as part of the “Paradise Papers” project.
- CNN reported:
Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen has signaled to friends that he is “willing to give” investigators information on the President if that’s what they are looking for, and is planning on hiring a new lawyer to handle a possible indictment from federal prosecutors.
“He knows a lot of things about the President and he’s not averse to talking in the right situation,” one of Cohen’s New York friends who is in touch with him told CNN. “If they want information on Trump, he’s willing to give it.”
- President Trump’s 2020 Campaign Manager gave the President some advice over Twitter.
Time to fire Sessions
End the Mueller investigation
You can’t obstruct something that was phony against you
The IG report gives @realDonaldTrump the truth to end it all.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 19, 2018
A reminder that @parscale is Trump’s 2020 Campaign Manager…
Oh, and his role as digital director of Trump’s 2016 campaign is being probed as part of Mueller’s investigation into whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian trolls. https://t.co/DOvgibhhQK
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) June 19, 2018
- The GOP prepared for another healthcare repeal effort later this summer.
BREAKING: The GOP just released a new health care repeal plan. Pretty much the same as the old one. Details coming soon here.https://t.co/u47ZmhDrfC
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) June 19, 2018
Excuse my honesty but Republicans are depraved fools.
They’re going to try and take health care from millions, pushing one of the most unpopular pieces of legislation in recent history, while this admin is abusing innocent children?
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) June 19, 2018