When senior government officials and immigration advocates testified before Congress Thursday about the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, they told harrowing stories about the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border last year.

One 8-year-old boy was taken from his father and sent to a shelter more than 2,000 miles away with the false promise that he would see his dad when he got there. And a mother, who lost all four of her children and was awaiting the return of her youngest, was given the wrong baby back.

“I do not believe separation of children from their parents is in the best interest of the child.”

While the formal policy of separating families who cross into the U.S. without documentation may have ended, senior government officials said that migrant children continue to be taken from their families at unknown rates –– on the basis of minor criminal violations and even unproven claims that their parents are unfit.

The hearing, held by a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, was one of the Democrat’s first displays of oversight power after taking back control of the chamber in the 2018 midterms. Testimony from senior government officials offered an inside look into the bungled rollout of the zero tolerance policy and the Trump administration’s harried attempts to reverse course after a federal judge ordered it to reunify families. The officials also shed light on the murky conditions surrounding ongoing family separations. …

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America’s New Normal: We Have Sprinted Across The Threshold To Fascism

By Mark L. Taylor
The Commoner Call (6/25/18)

Even by Donald Trump’s bottom-scraping standards, the past week has been a head-spinning, heartbreaking gut punch to the nation. As Trump, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions II and White House resident Hitler Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels look-a-like Stephen Miller ramped up the federal child kidnapping and imprisonment scheme any doubts about what we are facing should have gone up like an out-of-control dumpster fire. In case you haven’t noticed, we have spun far, far beyond the run-of-the-mill Republican vs Democrat, conservative vs liberal, right vs left paradigm of usual American politics. We have crossed the line — we are in a fascist state.

As suckling infants and toddlers were forcibly taken from their parents we had one of the usual right wing no-knowings on Fox News — now the official state news organ — dismiss the worries and outrage by blandly explaining, “Like it or not, these aren’t our kids. …These are people from another country.”

Trump’s campaign of demonization and dehumanization of the Central American refugees rounded up and herded into holding cages was dutifully echoed by a right wing “Christian” Tee-Vee host who declared, “We’re getting criminals. I mean, total criminals that are so debased and their minds are just gone. They’re unclean, they’re murderers, they’re treacherous, they’re God-haters.”

Anyone with even a basic familiarity of 20th Century fascism can recognize that all of this is straight out of the authoritarian fascist field manual. Once you have debased and dehumanized a group of people based upon anything different than the majority then you have granted yourself the right to not treat them as humans; anything is fair game in the name of racial , ethnic, religious, national purity or personal grudge. That door has not just been kicked opened in America; we have now sprinted across the threshold. …

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