HHS official admits they warned Trump Administration separating families at the border would be harmful to the children. They did it anyway.

By |2018-08-02T04:55:30+00:00August 1st, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |13 Comments

Courtesy of HuffPo:

The government official leading the effort to reunite immigrant families separated at the border said Tuesday that he and others warned in private meetings over the past year that a policy that split families would be harmful to kids.

The Trump administration did it anyway.

The statement by Health and Human Services official Jonathan White, an executive director in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, was a rare public acknowledgment that the Trump administration was well aware that its border crackdown would result in separating families ― and that doing so could cause serious emotional damage.

“There’s no question that separation of children from parents entails significant potential for traumatic psychological injury to the child,” said White, who is a licensed clinical social worker, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

White said during his previous role as deputy director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement he was involved in discussions over the course of a year about immigration policies that could result in separation of families. That agency cares for unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border, now including those taken away from the parents they arrived with.

In those discussions, White said he and other ORR officials “raised a number of concerns … about any policy which would result in family separation,” based on the best interest of the child and the agency’s capacity to care for the ensuing influx in kids.

At that time officials were assured that no policy for separating families was in the works, and then suddenly the zero-tolerance policy was in place, which apparently caught everybody off guard. 

So now we know that the Trump Administration was told repeatedly that the zero-tolerance policy was dangerous to young children and the implemented it anyhow. 

So much for the party of “family values.” 

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  1. Anon August 1, 2018 at 11:46 am


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    • EPA August 1, 2018 at 12:20 pm


      ““You didn’t do anything wrong. You only did what the president ordered. Why are you quitting? You raised me not to be a quitter. Why are you a quitter?”” “He viewed his mother as an environmentalist, and his mother viewed herself as an environmentalist. And meanwhile she was made the poster child of the view that the Reagan administration was just out there to RAPE the environment.” “Ms. Gorsuch became one of three Coloradans to take prominent posts in the Reagan administration, along with James G. Watt, the interior secretary, and Robert Burford, the director of the Bureau of Land Management. Called the “Colorado mafia,” they managed the nation’s natural resources with a fierce belief that the government had gone too far in regulating private enterprise.”
      ““There was obviously a lot of controversy regarding her work as she was carrying out the president’s program,” Ed Meese, a top Reagan adviser, recalled. “I’m sure that undoubtedly had an impact on her son.””His conservative identity was already forming. The school yearbook jokingly listed him as founder of a “Fascism Forever” club”

      • Anon August 1, 2018 at 1:20 pm

        1 Hour ago>”Lisa Murkowski again turned her back on women and reproductive freedom by confirming another anti-choice Federalist Society Judge yesterday – This is the 24th time she has voted to confirm a tRump anti-choice Circuit Court Judge to a lifetime appointment not including Gorsuch. How does she reconcile this with her statement of wanting to protect choice for women?
        The confirmation of Britt Grant represents a clear & present danger to #reprofreedom. The lower courts play a vital role in protecting our essential rights, and it is shameful that the Senate (and Murkowski) turned its back on women & families by confirming Grant this afternoon. #CourtsMatter

        “Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, has a record against women’s reproductive rights, environmental protection, consumer protection, workers’ rights and common sense gun safety. Most troubling of all, Kavanaugh has said that a sitting President should be exempt from criminal prosecution and investigation, including questioning by prosecutors and defense counsel. No wonder Trump likes him!
        • Kavanaugh tried to block a 17-yr-old detainee’s constitutional right to abortion. His decision was overturned on appeal.
        • He opposed a ban on semiautomatic rifles in the District of Columbia.
        • He consistently sides with big corporations against workers’ rights and workplace safety.
        • Kavanaugh’s hostile to environmental protection regulations and has hampered efforts against climate change.
        • He opposes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a watchdog agency to prevent mortgage meltdowns like 2007.
        Kavanaugh supports an unprecedented level of power and immunity for the President.
        • Kavanaugh said that the President does not have to enforce a law if he believes the law is unconstitutional. In our system, only the courts decide if a law is unconstitutional–not the President.
        • He said that a sitting President should be exempt from criminal prosecution and investigation, including questioning by prosecutors or defense counsel. This means a President would not even have to answer questions about possible crimes while he is in office.
        For all these reasons, Kavanaugh is unsuitable for an appointment to the Supreme Court and he should be rejected.” 7/26/18

  2. Anonymous August 1, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    IMPORTANT: A Republican lawyer representing Steve Bannon, Don McGahn, Reince Priebus in the Russia probe and Judge Alex Kozinski on harassment allegations is deciding which of Brett Kavanaugh’s records are turned over. This has NEVER been done. This is the National Archives’ job.


  3. anonymous August 1, 2018 at 1:14 pm


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    These are the wildest of ironies: Their President is in the White House, their politicians commandeer the House and Senate, the Supreme Court is tilted on their favor—and yet they still manage to feel themselves oppressed, still picture the world unfair, still rage against a machine they’ve made and are part of. So many of them claim faith in Jesus” “The only time they do smile, is to reflect the arrogant, self-satisfied sneer of their leader; almost always in the face of someone else’s heartache or misfortune, almost always when someone else loses something. They only joy they seem capable of manufacturing, is in response to pain.

    I try to imagine what it feels like to be so afflicted with contempt for the planet: to be forever scowling, to be so viscerally sickened by the breadth of diversity around me, to be relentlessly in a fear-birthed battle posture”
    “May we never become as miserable as those who support this President. That is when we know we’ve lost.” “We have to fight to keep goodness inside us, despite the outside badness; to never be defined by how many things we hate.”

  4. anon August 1, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    OT: “Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer has been placed on administrative leave amid reports he knew of a 2015 domestic abuse incident involving a former Buckeyes staff member.”


  5. Anonymous August 1, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    They should all be FIRED!!! and that NAZI Miller should be thrown out of the WH.

  6. Anonymous August 1, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Frontline on PBS has been doing a two part show on this whole fiasco. I couldn’t even watch it, it made me sick to my stomach how they set out, very calculated to do harm to the children and their parents.

  7. Anonymous August 1, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    So he hires “the best,” and doesn’t listen to them. Riiiight.

  8. anon August 2, 2018 at 8:31 am


    “Attorney Group Says Child Died Shortly After Release From ICE Detention Center”

  9. Anonymous August 2, 2018 at 9:17 am


    “The employee, Fernando Magaz Negrete, 32, was arrested on Tuesday after another child reported witnessing the abuse in a bedroom at a Southwest Key facility in Phoenix late last month, according to an arrest report.”
    “Southwest Key is a nonprofit private organization that provides youth services and runs immigrant children’s shelters under contract with the Department of Health and Human Services.” “It is the latest in a number of allegations of physical or sexual abuse at Southwest Key facilities.” ” “this is not the first report of inappropriate sexual conduct at Southwest Key’s Arizona facilities.”

    His letter mentioned the alleged physical and sexual abuse of a 6-year-old girl at a facility operated by Southwest Key in Glendale, just outside Phoenix, reported last month; a 15-year-old boy’s claims that he was harassed and threatened by a roommate at a facility in Tucson; sexual harassment reported in 2017 also in Tucson; and a molestation in 2015.

    Eller told The Arizona Republic last month that the episode involving the 6-year-old was mislabeled “sexual abuse” and that it should have been called “inappropriate behavior.”

    According to Southwest Key’s website, the organization operates programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, New York, Texas and Wisconsin. Only two of those programs, in Arizona and Texas, are specifically for unaccompanied minors.”

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