New York Times story on immigrant children separated from their parents is heartbreaking.

By |2018-06-09T08:36:49+00:00June 8th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |17 Comments

I am going to try and get through this without breaking down.

Courtesy of NYT:

An American government escort handed over the 5-year-old child, identified on his travel documents as José, to the American woman whose family was entrusted with caring for him. He refused to take her hand. He did not cry. He was silent on the ride “home.”

The first few nights, he cried himself to sleep. Then it turned into “just moaning and moaning,” said Janice, his foster mother. He recently slept through the night for the first time, though he still insists on tucking the family pictures under his pillow.

José’s separation from his father is part of the Trump administration’s latest and most widely debated border enforcement policy. Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the government would criminally prosecute everyone who crosses the border illegally, a directive that is already leading to the breakup of hundreds of migrant families and channeling children into shelters and foster homes across the country.

How are you holding up? Well, unfortunately, there is more:

Bethany Christian Services, which is coordinating foster placements for about 100 migrant children in Michigan and Maryland, including José’s, is planning to expand to several other states. Families receive a stipend of about $400 a month to defray the costs of taking care of a child.

“We don’t want to have to ramp up,” said Chris Palusky, president of Bethany. “We would prefer these kids stay with their families; they should not be separated. But being in a loving foster home is better than being on a military base.”

Among other children recently fostered by Bethany families is an 18-month-old girl separated from her father, who has been detained. The child cries frequently, especially when she changes settings, such as leaving her foster family’s home to attend a doctor’s appointment.

Dona Abbott, Bethany’s refugee program director, said that these newly separated children frequently have nightmares, anxiety and stomachaches.

A 3-year-old boy taken from his mother at the border was inconsolable during his flight to Michigan and cried incessantly on arrival at his new home last month, she said. He recently has begun to bond with his foster mother, from whom he is now reluctant to be apart. “He seems fearful of losing yet another attachment,” Ms. Abbott said.

You know that part I said earlier about getting through this without breaking down? 

Yeah, well that didn’t happen. 

I have too much experience with children being removed from the home for this not to affect me.

But at least in those cases, there was an identified threat of harm to the children or concern for their mental or emotional health.

This just seems horrifyingly unnecessary. 

According to the article in just the first two weeks that these new measures have been in place, 638 parents with 658 children have been prosecuted.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says that the department does not want to take children away from their parents:

“We do not have a policy to separate children from their parents. Our policy is, if you break the law we will prosecute you.”

So you see it is not the agency’s fault, it is the fault of those parents for taking their children out of war-torn countries and bringing them to America in the hopes of finding a better life.  

I guess those parents did not get the memo that there is a new sheriff in town and he does not give a shit about children.

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  1. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Just read the previous two posts and comments.

    Do you have to be anonymous to post here? Are there 25 different people who are anonymous or is it all the same person? How do I know who I am talking to?

    • Gryphen June 8, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      You can be anybody you want and post here.

      This is not like those big city websites, we don’t have the budget for rules or anything like that.

      As for how many people choose to be anonymous that is none of your damn business.

      But no it’s not just one person.

    • Anonymous June 9, 2018 at 8:48 am

      How do I know who I am talking to?
      Refer to whomever by time & date of posting a comment. Like this> Anon@4:11pm June 8> bla bra bla thats how…

  2. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    How soon before these children start dying on foster care through neglect or abuse? They’ve already lost 1500. Then there will be the lawsuits when deported parents don’t get their kids back because the government can’t find them, they’re dead or the foster families have “legally” adopted them. Then Trump will pass a law saying these parents gave up their rights to their children and the SCOTUS will rule 5-4 for Trump.

    • Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      SO much THIS. ^^

    • ANONYMOUS June 9, 2018 at 8:49 am


  3. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    First DACA death?

    An Iowa high school student that was supposed to graduate inMay was deported and died three weeks later. He was brought to the US at age three so I’m wondering if he even spoke fluent Spanish.

    He had his throat slit.

    I’m sure Trump, Sessions, McConnell and Ryan are sleeping soundly with one less Mexican on earth.

    Let’s fuck them all this November.

    • anonymous June 9, 2018 at 9:05 am

      “The fact that America was the only home he has known made Manuel eligible to apply for and be granted DACA status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program initiated by former President Barack Obama. It exempted from deportation certain young people, referred to as DREAMERS, who were brought to the U.S. without papers as children.”
      ” Manuel was always smiling and upbeat, and never had an unkind word for anyone” “Manuel’s girlfriend had HIS baby, NOW a year-old boy.” ” “He told me he had a scholarship to a college in Chicago for mechanics,”

      Instead, a Go Fund Me account recently helped pay for his funeral in Mexico.” “his brief life and gruesome death are a reminder of the heartlessness and counter-productiveness of our immigration policies and removal practices, which don’t factor in the harm that people may face upon return.

      “I kind of don’t believe it still,” Verduzco said of the loss of his friend, who was more like a brother. “It still hasn’t hit me… I don’t understand.” ”

  4. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    What does it matter to them, it’s not THEIR kids, right? Anyone that’s ever been a kid, had a kid and grandkids, ran a day care, or taught pre-school/kindergarten knows that separation anxiety is a very REAL thing. The times my husband and I had to slip out while our kids weren’t looking, now keeping our youngest grandbabies busy while our kids and their spouses do the same for a night or day out. I am abhorred by this treatment, but when haven’t I been at anything this POS administration has pulled and continues to? I don’t even recognize this country that I used to be proud of anymore. Tear down the Statue Of Liberty, please. She no longer represents what has been forced upon us.

  5. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    The corruption and criminality of Donald Trump is such a given that the President Of The United States is being called a crook on national television.


  6. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Trump just stated that he loves these kids and hates this policy that was started by Obama.

    So he has destroyed everything else Obama did,what is his excuse for not overturning this policy? Because it makes him feel good to get back at those “animals”. Disgusting fake president.

    • Gryphen June 8, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      This policy was NOT started by Obama.

    • Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Darned straight, Gryph, and third wife in her immaculate reappearance can STFU about “the children.” her last okay-if-I-have-to-stand-for-something-except-me attempt at caring. 8;11 PM is right, though, that every last thing he effs up is Obama’s fault. Because HE couldn’t measure up and will destroy every last one of us to prove he’s the best that ever lived. My GAWD would someone please put him out like the trash he is?

  7. Anonymous June 8, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I like to be anonymous. I try not to post more than one on each topic. I feel unsafe online in general. I feel that one day when it is known that we are actually under Russia’s rule we won’t be safe anymore as citizens to say exactly what we think without being persecuted. I know many will call me paranoid. But each day, I see how no one can fight against Trump and his taking down our democracy. Something is up. I am not sure but it is not good.
    This situation where they are separating children from parents just to teach them a lesson about coming into this country looking for the American dream illegally is one example. Yes, yes, I know they are not American citizens. But they are brown people. Trump has a problem with brown people. It borders on the same obsessive hate that Hitler had for the Jewish people.
    We live in such a large world, and a large country but for almost two years our country has been assaulted by a Hitler like person. And no one is balking much. Somehow America has given up on humanity. Or being humane. Trump has reasons upon reasons that are not valid on why he and his administration does these things. And Americans are buying it to a certain degree. No one seems to care except for a handful on a large scale of the population.
    That’s why I prefer you not know my name lest you be a Thumper and would turn me in when the shit hits the fan for not being a loyal Trump supporter. I hope this nightmare ends. But if the people of this country see nothing wrong with this monster then there is no hope because it means that our country and its’ population is sick and evil.

    • Anonymous June 9, 2018 at 6:49 am

      Paranoid is no way to go through life. Be BOLD and live your life as you see fit, else “they” have won.

  8. anonymous June 9, 2018 at 8:40 am

    “The bill specifically states that a minor cannot be removed from a parent or legal guardian “solely for the policy goal of deterring individuals from migrating to the United States.””

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