The republican President Donald Trump with his ant-immigration rhetoric, keeps conflating immigrants / refugees at the Southwest US border with criminals, rapists, murderers and MS-13 gangs. He plans to continue with these talking points because that’s what his base wants.
But the president lies whenever he conflates refugee crying children with criminals, rapists, MS-13 gangs, and so do the republicans in the US Congress who repeat these talking points.
“Another big lie is that most of the immigrants are gaming US immigration laws and they are coming here via the US-Mexico border illegally.”
“The truth is that most of the migrants are not from Mexico. As a matter of fact there are more undocumented workers returning to Mexico than the reverse.”
“Most of the migrants trying to cross the US/ Mexico border are refugees from the countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala of Central America where corruption, gangs and violence has placed many of its citizens at risk for their lives, and in large part these criminal states are due to US policies. ”
Here’s the truth. It is legal for refugees fleeing countries in fear for their lives to seek asylum at the US-Mexico border.
But the President Trump’s new immigration procedures based on this Attorney General Jeff Sessions April 6, 2018 memo, still allowed for the automatic separation of children from parents who were seeking asylum at the southwest US border. The president’s cabinet members and spokespeople were announcing that if refugees did not enter at designated US points of entry, there was the -0- tolerance rule in play, where every parent would be detained and prosecuted for a misdemeanor. It was at this point that the children were forcibly separated from their Moms and Dads for indeterminate periods of time.
As per Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the president could have ended this practice of separating children from the parents with one phone call at any time. Directing the migrants to apply for asylum at the US designated points of entry has not been a realistic plan as most peoples were being turned away at these points of entry. There are documented stories detailing how peoples have been waiting for weeks to gain entry as well as instances where children were still being forcibly separated from their parents, even at these US designated points of entry.
Finally, due to public outcry the president has been forced to end the automatic separation of families as of the 20th of June 2018 by another executive order.
Here is what most Americans don’t get which is that President Trump is pushing hard to cut LEGAL IMMIGATION by 50%. He is catering to his hard core anti-immigration supporters.
As per the January 30, 2018 VOX article by Matthew Yglesias, “The argument is no longer even superficially about the specter of illegal immigration and its putative challenge to the rule of law. Instead, the debate is now squarely about legal immigration — specifically, Trump’s determination to cut it roughly in half — and his vision is one of a poorer, weaker United States of America that will be more rapidly eclipsed by its rivals on the world stage and less great in almost every way.”
“In his preferred rhetorical constructs, Trump is putting “America First,” counterposing the interests of natives with those of newcomers. The truth is that this reflects nothing more than Trump’s own longstanding knee-jerk racism paired with Republican leaders’ increasing willingness to pander to this particular form of nativist prejudice.”
“America has, historically, been a place of refuge for the oppressed. But the possibility of immigration to the United States has never been an act of charity — it’s a strategy for national greatness. There’s a reason that Abraham Lincoln, America’s greatest president, serving at America’s moment of greatest national crisis, signed into law “An Act to Encourage Immigration.”
Link to entire article: Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown is a recipe for national decline
The right wing media outlets including TV and print, have been headlining the following controversy over the girl crying in the Time cover photo, as being “fake news.”
It seems that she was one of the fortunate children who was NOT separated from her Mom.
Call me skeptical, but it probably didn’t hurt that a world renowned photographer was taking her photo.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On June 22, 2018, Jen Kirby of VOX penned the following, Times crying girl controversy, explained.” (“The crying girl on the magazine’s cover wasn’t separated from her mom at the border. But 2,300 (plus-2,300 number number is as of 6/9/18) other children were.”
“It became the viral symbol of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy: a toddler from Honduras in a pink sweatshirt, just taller than the knees of her mother, who’s being searched by border patrol agents. The girl’s face is frozen between a cry and scream, so intense you can almost hear it through the still photograph.”
“To many, the picture of the 2-year-old Honduran girl and her mother — taken by award-winning Getty photographer John Moore, who’s followed the border crisis for years — embodied the horror of Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy to prosecute all people crossing the border illegally, leading to the separation of families. It helped fuel the public outrage that forced Trump to backtrack by issuing an executive order to end the practice.”
“An interpretation of that photo made it on the cover of Time magazine, depicting the wailing girl looking up at Donald Trump, who loomed above her against a red backdrop. A caption read: “Welcome to America.”
It was on June 12 when this two-year-old Honduran asylum-seeker was photographed by @jbmoorephoto, crying as her mother was detained near the U.S.-Mexico border. Nine days later—her image having helped force a president’s hand—she’s on the cover of TIME. https://ti.me/2K2sK77
“Time stood by its decision to use the photo on its controversial cover, but the White House and other critics seized on this as an example of “fake news,” a photo deliberately used to mislead the public about Trump’s policy.”
The photo controversy, explained
“Moore’s photos, taken on June 12 at the border in McAllen, Texas, according to Getty, captured families being stopped by border agents at night. Moore, and the rest of the country, knew about the family separation policy when he encountered the family and snapped the photo. He told the Washington Post that he didn’t know the girl’s fate.”
“I don’t know what the truth is,” Moore said. “I fear they were split up.”
“The original caption attached to the photo in Getty Images — the service many publications (including Vox) use to find images to accompany news articles — didn’t say for sure whether the girl and her mother were separated. It mentioned only “possible separation”: “the asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation.”
“But the photo was used over and over to illustrate stories about the separation policy. At the time, the public outrage had exploded over Trump’s policy to separate families at the border in order to prosecute parents for the crime of crossing illegally. That image of the screaming toddler, combined with photos, mostly government-issued, of kids and teens in detention centers, sitting in cage-like enclosures or laid out on mattresses on the floor, was used to galvanize both Democrats and Republicans against administration’s policy.”
“The administration obfuscated about the reasons for family separation before finally caving to public pressure. Trump issued an (6/20/18) executive order to end the policy this week. It was a rare public backtrack.”
Time also published an article about the image, which said the girl was taken away, screaming, by border patrol agents. That never happened: The toddler’s mother picked her up and they were both taken away together, according to correction posted in Time.
“A border patrol agent first told CBS News on Thursday that the two were never split up. The girl’s father, who is still in Honduras, later said that mom and daughter stayed together, which Honduran and US officials confirmed.”
“Time defended the cover, even after the retraction on the article. Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said in a statement:
The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason: Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.”
“But the White House and defenders of Trump’s policy seized on this, and the media saturation of this photograph, to illustrate stories about family separation. It was another example of “fake news” and “bias.”
It’s shameful that dems and the media exploited this photo of a little girl to push their agenda. She was not separated from her mom. The separation here is from the facts. Dems should join POTUS and fix our broken immigration system. #ChangetheLawshttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5869829/Father-two-year-old-face-child-separation-crisis-speaks-out.html …
Father of 2-year-old face of the child separation crisis speaks
Denis Javier Varela Hernandez said that he had not heard from his wife for a month until he saw the image of her and their daughter being apprehended in Texas.
Does the Time cover falsely depicting the young girl as victim count as FAKE NEWS? When everyone agrees the cover is factually wrong the elite media can have a better sense why so many Americans are sick of the dishonesty and falsehoods. Time owes President Trump an apology.