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The Trump policy of separating children from their parents is what the US has always done.

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  • Part 1: Trump Administration’s Policy of Separating Children is Reminiscent of Indian Boarding Schools
  • The Trump administration of separating children from their parents is not a novel idea. It is not a new thing exercised by the federal government.
  • Part 2: Separating Families? It’s What the US has Always Done
  • The solution is … to call upon all Americans to be better humans.
  • Related: Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate, Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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Part 1: Trump Administration’s Policy of Separating Children is Reminiscent of Indian Boarding Schools


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The Trump administration of separating children from their parents is not a novel idea. It is not a new thing exercised by the federal government.

Levi Rickert, Native News Online <http://nativenewsonline.net>

15 Jun 2018 | There is a lot of news these days about the Trump administration separating children from their parents at the U.S. border to Mexico. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions even invoked the Bible to bolster the federal government’s justification of its zero-tolerance immigration policy that uses the tactic to separate children from their parents by placing them in holding units.

In a speech yesterday, the attorney general cited the Bible:  “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.”

Levi Rickert is editor of Native News Online <http://nativenewsonline.net>.

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Part 2: Separating Families? It’s What the US has Always Done

Our systemic injustice, racism, and implicit bias of white supremacy are … a collective problem. And the solution is … to call upon all Americans to be better humans.

Mark Charles, Native News Online

June 15, 2018 | There is a crisis going on at our borders. Children are being separated from their families. Mothers are being separated from their babies. Many Americans are beginning to take notice and cry out, but the problem is not getting resolved. Democrats are blaming Republicans who in turn are blaming Democrats. And Christians from both sides of the aisle are quoting their Bibles to either force change or justify the situation. But most disturbing, are the voices declaring, “This is not who we are.”  It is for those voices that I share five excerpts of American history.

Slave Trade

“Austin Bearse, a white man from Massachusetts…worked on a Massachusetts-based ship that transported enslaved people from Charleston to New Orleans…The ship sometimes transported as many as 80 people to plantations in New Orleans. Before setting out, Bearse said, ‘We used to allow the relatives and friends of the slaves to come on board and stay all night with their friends before the vessel sailed. In the morning it used to be my business to pull off the hatches and warn them that it was time to separate, and the shrieks and cries at these times were enough to makeanybody’sheart ache.’”
Mark Charles <https://nativenewsonline.net/author/markcharles/> (Navajo) serves as the Washington DC correspondent for Native News Online <http://nativenewsonline.net>and is the author of the popular blog 
“Reflections from the Hogan.”

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Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate, Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

http://www.tampabay.com/storyimage/HI/20180706/ARTICLE/307069997/AR/0/AR-307069997.jpg?MaxW=950&cachebuster=68821A young girl grasps her mother's hand as dozens of undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 26, 2018. Trump administration officials said on Wednesday that it would be difficult to comply with the timetable in a federal court order requiring the reunification of migrant children and parents who were separated at the border. (Callaghan O'Hare/New York Times)

  • The research does not indicate that there is a growing illegal immigration problem, or that immigrants commit more crime.
  • Related: Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

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Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. Dirty Wars in Central America

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  • In our special broadcast from the U.S.-Mexico border, we speak to human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury, who has lived here in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for over 40 years and has been active in the response to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband’s murder and torture. Now she continues to work with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
  • Related: Column - Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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June 28, 2018 | Amy Goodman: We’re broadcasting from Brownsville, Texas, ahead of a mass protest later today at the federal courthouse that’s right behind us, that’s calling on the Trump administration to end the “zero tolerance” policy, which has separated more than 2,000 children from their parents, who have been charged with a crime for crossing the border. In a minute, we’ll be joined by the person who helped draw attention to this crisis when she shared audio with ProPublica of some of the disappeared children in a CBP, a Customs and Border Protection, facility. The children are estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 10, and can be heard crying “Mami!” “Papi!” This is an excerpt. A warning: The audio is disturbing.

Child: [crying] Papá! Papá! Papá! Papá! Papá! Papá!

Amy Goodman: The person who made that recording asked not to be identified, for fear of retaliation. And they were able to share it with the help of our next guest, Jennifer Harbury, who is a human rights lawyer,well-known activist. She has lived here in the Rio Grande Valley for over 40 years, has been active in the response to the “zero tolerance” policy. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante guerrilla in the Highlands of Guatemala. He was disappeared after he was captured by the army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, that she found here was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband’s murder and torture. We will talk about this in the show, in a post-show, which we’ll post online. And she works with people who are fleeing violence from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and come here to the United States for political asylum.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria.
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Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate, Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times
http://www.tampabay.com/storyimage/HI/20180706/ARTICLE/307069997/AR/0/AR-307069997.jpg?MaxW=950&cachebuster=68821A young girl grasps her mother's hand as dozens of undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 26, 2018. Trump administration officials said on Wednesday that it would be difficult to comply with the timetable in a federal court order requiring the reunification of migrant children and parents who were separated at the border. (Callaghan O'Hare/New York Times)

  • The research does not indicate that there is a growing illegal immigration problem, or that immigrants commit more crime.
  • Related: Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

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"Criminal Aliens" Vs. The West's Crimes Against Humanity, James Thindwa, Portside

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Thousands of people walk down Harbor Drive during the Families Belong Together rally and march in San Diego. Hayne Palmour IV/U-T
 

  • There is not enough space to catalogue all the crimes committed collectively by western countries that now feel besieged by migrants of color.
  • Related: Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. DirtyWars  in Central America.


 

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Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate

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A young girl grasps her mother's hand as dozens of undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 26, 2018. Trump administration officials said on Wednesday that it would be difficult to comply with the timetable in a federal court order requiring the reunification of migrant children and parents who were separated at the border. (Callaghan O'Hare/New York Times)

  • The research does not indicate that there is a growing illegal immigration problem, or that immigrants commit more crime.
  • Related: Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times 

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July 6, 2018 | Over the past several months, the debate over immigration, crime and ? most recently ? the policy of removing children from parents detained for illegally crossing the U.S. border, has raged across America. As professors and social scientists, we?ve watched this debate with some dismay, as facts on immigration have too often been overtaken by opinions and politics. So we want to share some facts we have learned through years of research.

While we understand the political arguments made for and against various immigration policies, our job as scientists is to objectively evaluate the data used to support various policies and stances and use research to more accurately predict the consequences of our actions.

A group of immigrants from Central America, who were detained after entering the United States, walk away after being released at a bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 22, 2018. Many were given ankle monitors and notices to appear in court. (Todd Heisler/the New York Times) 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Immigrants%20released%20in%20McAllen%2C%20Texas%2C%20June%2022%2C%202018.jpgAbout the authors: Michael Leiber, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida. His research interests lie in race/ethnicity and juvenile justice decision-making. Lyndsay Boggess, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at USF. Her research focuses on community characteristics and the geographic distribution of crime. Bryanna Fox, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology at USF. Her research examines the psychology of criminal behavior and development of evidence-based tools for law enforcement. Richard K. Moule, Jr., PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology at USF. His research examines offenders, technology, and police. This article reflects the author?s own research-based views and not necessarily the institutions with which they are affiliated.

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  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Klaus%20Marre%20and%20DonkeyHotey.jpgThe Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’ * The delusion of deporting the country’s troubles away by banishing “criminal aliens” * I Don't Need to 'Understand' Anyone Who Still Supports This President * Border Patrol Kicked, Punched Migrant Children, Threatened Some With Sexual Abuse, ACLU Alleges * ‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father.
  • Related: Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods.

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First They Came for the Migrants

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Men from Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras being detained by Border Patrol officers north of Penitas, Tex., last week. Credit Lynsey Addario for the New York Times.

What is happening is the sort of moral enormity that once seemed unthinkable in contemporary America, the kind captured in the Martin Niemöller poem that’s repeated so often it’s become a cliché: “First they came …” There is no reason to believe that undocumented immigrants will be the last group of people deemed beyond the law’s protection.

Michelle Goldberg, New York (NY) Times 

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June 11, 2018 | The sci-fi writer William Gibson once said, “The future has arrived — it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” In America in 2018, the same could be said of authoritarianism.

Since Donald Trump was elected, there’s been a boom in best-selling books about the fragility of liberal democracy, including Madeleine Albright’s “Fascism: A Warning,” and Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny.” Many have noted that the president’s rhetoric abounds in classic fascist tropes, including the demonization of minorities and attempts to paint the press as treasonous. Trump is obviously more comfortable with despots like Russia’s Vladimir Putin than democrats like Canada’s Justin Trudeau.

We still talk about American fascism as a looming threat, something that could happen if we’re not vigilant. But for undocumented immigrants, it’s already here.

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Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

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  • The Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’ * The delusion of deporting the country’s troubles away by banishing “criminal aliens” * I Don't Need to 'Understand' Anyone Who Still Supports This President * Border Patrol Kicked, Punched Migrant Children, Threatened Some With Sexual Abuse, ACLU Alleges * ‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father.
  • Related: Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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The Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’, Klaus Marre and DonkeyHotey, Who.What.Why. 

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January 28, 2018 | The Trump administration and allied news outlets are rallying disenchanted whites around the idea that Hispanics are to blame for their position in society. Their rhetoric and actions send a clear message: Brown people are not welcome here.
MAGA Is No More Than a Hollow Nationalistic Slogan

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/ICE%20Police%20Officer.jpgThe delusion of deporting the country’s troubles away by banishing “criminal aliens”, David L. Wilson, Truthout / Salon 

On April 17 the Supreme Court handed down a ruling that limited some of the excuses the government can use for deporting people. At issue in the case, Sessions v. Dimaya, was the meaning of “crime of violence” in immigration law; immigration judges have relied on this very broad category to order some non-citizens deported as “criminal aliens.” The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2015 that the category was unconstitutionally vague and therefore not a basis for deportation, and the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision upheld the Ninth Circuit’s ruling.

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I Don't Need to 'Understand' Anyone Who Still Supports This President*. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Speaks%20at%20a%20Rally.jpgJune 8, 2018 | The New York Times had a story on Friday that should’ve brought shame and derision upon anyone who voted for the racist monster in the White House, and upon the racist monster that the other racist monster installed at the head of the Department of Justice. The United States government is now committing human rights atrocities within its own borders and against the most vulnerable people it can find. I don’t need to “understand,” much less take seriously, anyone who still supports this president* and his administration* because, if you do, you’ve taken the idea of America and run battery acid through its veins.

What his administration* is doing to these migrant children is a national disgrace.

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Border Patrol Kicked, Punched Migrant Children, Threatened Some With Sexual Abuse, ACLU Alleges, Gillian Edevane, Newsweek 

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The ACLU released a new report detailing abuse allegations minors have made against CBP officers. 5/23/18 | Migrant children under the care of United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were allegedly beaten, threatened with sexual violence and repeatedly assaulted while in custody between 2009 and 2014, according to a report released Wednesday from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.

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‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father. Miriam Jordan, New York (NY) Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Immigrant%20Youngster%27s%20Drawing%20of%20His%20Family.jpgJune 7, 2018 | When he landed in Michigan in late May, all the weary little boy carried was a trash bag stuffed with dirty clothes from his dayslong trek across Mexico, and two small pieces of paper — one a stick-figure drawing of his family from Honduras, the other a sketch of his father, who had been arrested and led away after they arrived at the United States border in El Paso.

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Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods. Jill Colvin, Associated Press  / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

 

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  • Misleading tweets by liberal activists fuel Trump.
  • Related: How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump

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