By Sebastian Murdock
At a Texas facility holding nearly 1,500 migrant children, a mural of President Donald Trump with a quote about his past attempt to evict New York tenants greets the children detained there.
On Wednesday, MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff joined other reporters in a tour of the Brownsville facility, which detains up to 1,500 boys, ages 10 to 17, who have been separated from their parents by the U.S. government. In the building ― an old Walmart ― administrators give children two hours of outdoor time, provide them with limited space within the facility and instruct them to go to bed at 9 p.m.
“I’ve been inside several county jails. This place is called a shelter but effectively these kids are incarcerated.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which runs the facility, released sobering photos that show the grim conditions. But one image in particular stands out: a mural of Trump with a quote from his 1987 book, “Art of the Deal.”
“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war,” the quote, printed in both English and Spanish, reads.
The quote from his book references Trump’s failed attempt to evict tenants from their homes in 1985.
“This is a story about a group of tenants who fought very hard to keep me from tearing down the building they lived in and constructing a new one in its place,” Trump continued in his book.
Trump’s plan ― to tear down the building to make way for a luxury high-rise condominium complex ― was shattered after a group of tenants threw lawsuits at him that took years to finally get settled. When the dust finally cleared, Trump lost and the tenants kept their homes. …
Christian Leaders Tell Sessions The Bible Does Not Justify Separating Families
The same passage Sessions cited has been used to justify slavery and Nazism.
By Jennifer Bendery
The HuffPost (6/15/18)
Christian leaders say otherwise.
“While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety,” Cardinal Daniel Nicholas DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement. ”Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral.”
“Disgraceful,” the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the late and influential Rev. Billy Graham and a supporter of President Donald Trump, said in a Tuesday interview. “It’s terrible to see families ripped apart, and I don’t support that one bit.”
Even Sessions’ own church, the United Methodist Church, is rejecting what he is doing.
“Tearing children away from parents who have made a dangerous journey to provide a safe and sufficient life for them is unnecessarily cruel and detrimental to the well-being of parents and children,” reads a statement signed by Bishop Kenneth Carter, president of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church.
Sessions has drawn widespread condemnation for his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, which separates children from their parents so the adults can be criminally prosecuted for crossing the border without documentation. But the attorney general hit another nerve Thursday when he claimed the Bible justifies his actions. …
- MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Puts His Religion Degree To Work Fact Checking Sessions & Sarah Sanders: ‘We’re going to church’ — MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi surprised viewers on Friday by “taking them to church” with a factcheck of claims made by the Trump administration to rationalize their new policy of separating parents from children at the border to deter immigration. While Velshi is best known for his business and economics reporting, he earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. “We’re about to go to church,” Velshi explained. “Sticking with the spirit of what would Jesus do, we actually did dig through the Bible to find passages that lent themselves to the current border practice of separating migrant children from their parents.” … Link to Story and 6+-Minute Video