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originally posted by: Kharron
a reply to: japhrimu
And how is anyone to know what they're going through? We know kids are being detained, we know they've been held in cages at some point, at least. We know a US legislator was denied access and we know the propaganda arm of the government released five staged photos days later. Bottom line is we don't know what conditions the kids are living under, apart from carefully staged info, and that should be enough for a decent person to be outraged about.
If it turns out that the kids are not in cages, and have not been at any point, that they have pool tables and all get two scoops of ice cream, and that they have uninhibited access to the phones so they can keep in contact with their families and not suffer trauma -- well, that would be something. What are the chances of it being the second scenario, which would be the humane one?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision. The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents — images that have sparked fury, question of morality and concern from Republicans about a negative impact on their races in November's midterm elections. Until Wednesday, the president, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials had repeatedly argued the only way to end the practice was for Congress to pass new legislation, while Democrats said he could do it with his signature alone. That's what he did on Wednesday. "We're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together," said Trump who said he didn't like the "sight" or "feeling" of children separated from their parents. He said his order would not end the "zero-tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes all adults caught crossing the border illegally. The order aims to keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases, and ask the Department of Defense to help house families.
(Forgive me. I’m throwing this out there for a little levity: youtu.be... )