Immigration

Trump Repeats Old, Debunked Talking Point For Family Separations

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It was recently reported that the Trump regime is considering an all new policy to separate families at the border and it looks like Trump is laying the ground work for it.

Trump briefly spoke to reports outside the White House over the weekend where he said a new policy would deter immigrants from crossing the border.

“If they feel there will be separation, they don’t come,” he said of migrants during comments to reporters at the White House.

Trump also claimed, without providing evidence, that immigrants were “grabbing children and they’re using children to come in to our country in many cases.” [...]

Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, said on Saturday there was a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border with rising numbers of adults entering the country illegally with children.

There is no "crisis" at the border and, in any case, the Trump regime's original family separation policy did not deter families from traveling here.

Border crossings increased during the spring and summer months even after Trump imposed his "zero tolerance" policy that led to automatic family separation. You may also recall that the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general recently released a report that said Trump's crackdown on legal asylum seekers actually led to increased illegal border crossings.

Even if it were true that automatic separation deters families from crossing the border -- and that does not appear to be the case -- that wouldn't make it right.

To say that this is a deterrent is to say that traumatizing children for life is an acceptable cost for reducing the number of humans with brown skin entering the country. Any way you slice it, this is institutional racism.

  • katanahamon

    Disgusting plans by disgusting people.

  • muselet

    In ten or fifteen years, at least a small percentage of the kids forcibly separated from their families may want to visit harm upon the United States.

    If they do, the xenophobes and outright racists will have their long–sought-after excuse to stop all immigration from brown countries: they’re all terrorists there.

    I don’t think Donald Trump is capable of such long-range planning—I’m not entirely sure he can plot out his day from breakfast to lunch—but there are people (I use the term loosely) in his inner circle who are.

    –alopecia

  • Preach it, Ashby!