President Donald Trump on Monday, with his sycophant Vice President looking on adoringly with puppy dog eyes, announced that the plaque bearing the text of the poem by Emma Lazarus,”The New Colossus,” mounted inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, with its famous inscription of “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” is no longer operative in America.
Someone please check to see whether Stephen Miller has had this plaque removed from the Statute of Liberty.
Also on Monday, a recording of immigrant children calling out desperately for their parents after being separated from them by United States immigration authorities was released by the investigative news site Pro Publica. The audio went viral in the media.
As attention to the issue of child separation reaches a new high on Monday, the Trump administration [sought] to defend what critics call a “cruel” and “immoral” policy. It’s even releasing photos and video of the facilities where children separated from their parents are being held — but far from tamping down criticism, it’s only increasing critics’ horror.
Children in cages, like dogs in a kennel. Yeah, this is not making your case.
Trump sent his cabinet secretaries out to defend his immoral, cruel and inhumane family-separation policy on Monday.
The most over-the-top performance came from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, John Kelly’s hand-picked successor. (Note: I strongly suspect Nielsen’s prepared statement was written, at least in part, by Stephen Miller. This was not her usual manner of speaking.) Kirstjen Nielsen’s mighty struggle to explain separating families at the border, annotated.
Nielsen flatly lied that “there is no policy.” She must have missed Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III announcing his new Zero Tolerance Policy on April 6, 2018.
Nielsen repeated the lies of Donald Trump and other Republicans that they are just following existing law and court decisions. These shameless lies have been repeatedly debunked. Five whoppers from President Trump’s impromptu news conference; AP FACT CHECK: GOP now blames court for family separation; Fact Check: Republicans Misplace Blame for Splitting Families at the Border. Four Pinocchios for White House’s claims on why families are being split at the border.
Nielsen flatly lied that the administration’s policy is not designed as a deterrent to immigration, even though former Department of Homeland Security Secretary and current chief of staff, and her former boss, as well as White House White Nationalist Policy Advisor Stephen Miller are on record saying it is. How Trump Came to Enforce a Practice of Separating Migrant Families. John F. Kelly, then the homeland security secretary, said in March 2017, “in order to deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network.” [A]dvocates inside the administration, most prominently Stephen Miller, Mr. Trump’s senior policy adviser, never gave up on the idea.
Nielsen flatly lied that the Trump administration is not using immigrant children “as pawns” to get leverage with Congress for Trump’s border wall, even after Axios.com reported this morning that the president views the family-separation issue “as leverage, and will try to get funding for a border wall or other concessions for a rollback of the policy.”
And Nielsen flatly lied using bogus facts and figures taken entirely out of context. How to mislead with statistics, DHS Secretary Nielsen edition.
After this jaw-dropping performance, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), other Democratic lawmakers called on Kirstjen Nielsen to resign:
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Monday said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen should step downdue to her record of making “misleading statements” about the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that separates children from their parents at the border.
On Sunday, Nielsen tweeted that the administration does “not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.” Harris said that for more than a year, she’s been asking for “complete data on the number of children separated and what training and protocol exists for carrying out such separations. In response, the leadership of the department has routinely failed to provide complete answers to questions from me and my colleagues.” The Department of Homeland Security “should have a commitment to transparency and accountability,” Harris continued, but under Nielsen, it “has a track record of neither.”
Several other Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.), have also called on Nielsen to resign.
Why stop there? John Kelly and Stephen Miller who devised the family-separation policy should also be forced to resign. They can continue to influence this white nationalist racist president from the outside, as Stephen Bannon does.
UPDATE: The Washington Post editorial board correctly notes The Trump administration created this awful border policy. It doesn’t need Congress to fix it.
[I]t is simply not correct, as Ms. Nielsen suggested Monday, that Congress must act before the crisis of families being separated can be solved. As Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C) said: “President Trump could stop this policy with a phone call . . . If you don’t like families being separated, you can tell [Homeland Security], ‘Stop doing it.’ ”
Instead, CNBC reports Trump told the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ 75th anniversary event in Washington today:
“We want to end the border crisis by finally giving us the legal authorities and the resources to detain and remove illegal immigrant families altogether and bring them back to their country.”
Trump has defined the GOP as the “mass deportation party.” His policies also oppose legal immigration.
“Now think of all that aid that we give to some of these countries,” he said. “Well, I’m going to go very shortly for authorization that when countries abuse us by sending their people up — not their best — we’re not going to give any more aid to those countries.”
This is a racist consumed by his hatred.