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Can Trump's America Even Spell Great?

Updated on June 20, 2018
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I am a mom of two awesome children who teach me more daily than I ever thought possible. I love writing, exercise, movies, & LGBT advocacy.

The Only Word Is Heartbreaking

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Mr. Trump, Separating Kids From Parents Is Wrong

As a former journalist, I can only imagine how hard it is to report the news right now.

Sure, you strive for objectivity, but there's certain things that will break that.

A crying child who's just been deliberately taken from their parents will be one of those times.

I've got a friend who teaches history - actually, several of my friends teach history. This friend in particular took to social media last night and talked about how news anchors were basically trying not to burst into tears as they reported about what the pundits are calling the immigration crisis in America. He closed his post with "America is broken."

I can't disagree with my friend. Shades of Hitler's Germany, anyone?

However, I really didn't know enough about why this was happening. I knew that Trump's government was determined to crack down on illegal immigration, but it doesn't make sense to me why on Earth he would separate kids from their parents. The only time it would even make a little bit of sense to do something like that is if the child is simply not safe with said parents. For instance, if the parents were heavy drug users and were neglecting the child, or if the child or children were being abused, would be two instances were someone should step in and remove children from what would be a dangerous situation for them.

So I got to doing some research; as a Canadian, I'm really not up on what American immigration policies are, but I digress.

According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration implemented a "zero-tolerance" policy when it came to immigration. Since children can't be prosecuted with their parents, they have to be separated from them as their parents are being detained. While it's refreshing to know that these kids are being sent to relatives whenever possible - there is, at the very least, a friendly face waiting for them in what has got to be an incredibly frightening time - there are still kids ending up in shelters because there are no relatives to claim them.

Here's the catch: there is, again according to Washington Post, no law or court ruling that forces family separations. Trump can end this with a phone call, if he so chose.

The Trump administration also released some 15,000 immigrants at the US-Mexico border (where there is still no wall, but again, I digress) in its first 15 months, and that total included some 37,500 unaccompanied minors.

The Trump administration also says that these kids that are crying as they're separated from families at the border are either bad actors or smugglers, and Trump claims that he's trying to close loopholes to stop people from taking advantage of humanitarian laws that allow for people to cross into the United States. Many are reportedly trying to escape gang violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Where President Barack Obama, who was president when the immigration crisis first began, said his administration would deport dangerous people, President Trump has merely said that those who have committed criminal offences - a definition that runs pretty wide and could include felonies and minor offences - would be turned back.

Then came the "zero-tolerance" policy in April 2018.

Is America Broken?

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Scary Times For America And The World

There is absolutely nothing to laugh about with Trump right now.

When we realized the reality that was coming with a President Donald Trump, I doubt very much any of us could have forecasted something as terrible as the forced separation of kids from their families.

Let me be clear: I'm not so naïve as to think that people don't take advantage of the immigration laws. Even in Canada, we need to tighten things up as far as border security goes and so forth - I know that.

However, as a parent, there has to be something completely wrong that you'd think because someone is just crossing the border - illegally or otherwise - you need to take kids and parents and separate the two of them for what appears to be no reason.

I also know that Trump's America is not everyone's America.

What I worry about is now that Trump and his administration is separating kids and families - and again, there is no legal requirement that he does that - what can we expect to see next?

The answer can't be good.


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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      4 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Chris St-Jean more

      There is absolutely nothing to laugh about with Trump right now.

      When we realized the reality that was coming with a President Donald Trump, I doubt very much any of us could have forecasted something as terrible as the forced separation of kids from their families.

      B:

      Where were you and your friends during the Obama presidency on the terrible forced separation of illegal alien children from their parents. Trump didn't create it, he just inherited it.

      Blame Obama, Bush and others, not Trump. But that would mean you would have to be fair.

      ----------------------------

      Let me be clear: I'm not so naïve as to think that people don't take advantage of the immigration laws. Even in Canada, we need to tighten things up as far as border security goes and so forth - I know that.

      However, as a parent, there has to be something completely wrong that you'd think because someone is just crossing the border - illegally or otherwise - you need to take kids and parents and separate the two of them for what appears to be no reason.

      B:

      Again, it is the immigration law and the ruling of the US 9th District Court?

      That is a reason.

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      I also know that Trump's America is not everyone's America.

      B:

      You are correct, it is for Americans that want America great again.

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      What I worry about is now that Trump and his administration is separating kids and families - and again, there is no legal requirement that he does that - what can we expect to see next?

      B:

      Repetitious, and still incorrect.

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      The answer can't be good.

      B:

      That isn't even the right question.

      Don't you Canadians have enough problems with Trudeau?

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 

      4 weeks ago from Orange County California

      Mr. Trump, Separating Kids From Parents Is Wrong

      B:

      So is illegally entering the US.

      So is child trafficking which many of these children have been part of.

      It is wrong for parents knowing the consequences of being caught as illegals in the US to bring their children.

      It is wrong for parents to have their children cross the border alone.

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      As a former journalist, I can only imagine how hard it is to report the news right now.

      B:

      It is only hard because we don't have journalists reporting the news, we have people reporting opinions, and that is not the news.

      ----------------------------------

      Sure, you strive for objectivity, but there's certain things that will break that.

      A crying child who's just been deliberately taken from their parents will be one of those times.

      B:

      Whose fault is that? Not Trump's fault, he just inherited the problem that has existed since 1997 as a result of the democrat controlled 9th circuit ruling.

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      I've got a friend who teaches history - actually, several of my friends teach history. This friend in particular took to social media last night and talked about how news anchors were basically trying not to burst into tears as they reported about what the pundits are calling the immigration crisis in America. He closed his post with "America is broken."

      B:

      Where were they since 1997, and during the 8 years of Obama. The only thing that Trump changed was to go from the 80% enforcement to 100% enforcement. Where were their tears for those 80%. And making it 100% applies the law equally, which is the core of democrats, remember their use of Equal.

      ---------------------------------

      I can't disagree with my friend. Shades of Hitler's Germany, anyone?

      B:

      Do you really know anything about history, to make a statement like this?

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      However, I really didn't know enough about why this was happening. I knew that Trump's government was determined to crack down on illegal immigration, but it doesn't make sense to me why on Earth he would separate kids from their parents.

      B:

      You are correct, you don't know.

      Again, this has been happening since 1997, which is a part of history you apparently don't know!

      ----------------------

      The only time it would even make a little bit of sense to do something like that is if the child is simply not safe with said parents. For instance, if the parents were heavy drug users and were neglecting the child, or if the child or children were being abused, would be two instances were someone should step in and remove children from what would be a dangerous situation for them.

      B:

      When people commit crimes, you don't put their children in jail with them. Citizens and illegals are treated the same in that aspect.

      --------------------------

      So I got to doing some research; as a Canadian, I'm really not up on what American immigration policies are, but I digress.

      According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration implemented a "zero-tolerance" policy when it came to immigration. Since children can't be prosecuted with their parents, they have to be separated from them as their parents are being detained. While it's refreshing to know that these kids are being sent to relatives whenever possible - there is, at the very least, a friendly face waiting for them in what has got to be an incredibly frightening time - there are still kids ending up in shelters because there are no relatives to claim them.

      B:

      Once again, this has been happening since 1997. And zero tolerance is the same as 100% enforcement, Equality!

      ------------------------------------

      Here's the catch: there is, again according to Washington Post, no law or court ruling that forces family separations. Trump can end this with a phone call, if he so chose.

      B:

      Check the 1997 ruling that will oppose the recent Trump EO to keep families together.

      ---------------------------

      The Trump administration also released some 15,000 immigrants at the US-Mexico border (where there is still no wall, but again, I digress) in its first 15 months, and that total included some 37,500 unaccompanied minors.

      B:

      You really don't know what is going on.

      Check the child trafficking that many of these children have been exposed to. Many of these children have been coming across the border without their parents, and paired up with child traffickers.

      So supporting these illegal alien parents also supports the child traffickers.

      -------------------------

      The Trump administration also says that these kids that are crying as they're separated from families at the border are either bad actors or smugglers, and Trump claims that he's trying to close loopholes to stop people from taking advantage of humanitarian laws that allow for people to cross into the United States. Many are reportedly trying to escape gang violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

      B:

      What he actually says that changing the situation requires the congress to change the immigration laws.

      And what is your problem with having a wall.

      It keeps out or significantly reduces

      Terrorists

      Criminals

      Gangs like MS 13

      Illegal Drugs

      Gun trafficking

      Child trafficking

      And the US should be able to invite as opposed to be invaded by people into our sovereign country.

      Mexico protects its southern border as they don't want their neighbors staying in Mexico. But Mexico allows them to cross into Mexico, and gives them 30 days to get across the US border.

      Why aren't you blaming Mexico?

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      Where President Barack Obama, who was president when the immigration crisis first began, said his administration would deport dangerous people, President Trump has merely said that those who have committed criminal offences - a definition that runs pretty wide and could include felonies and minor offences - would be turned back.

      Then came the "zero-tolerance" policy in April 2018.

      B:

      Spelling offences instead of offenses says NOT American!

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    • ptosis profile image

      ptosis 

      4 weeks ago from Arizona

      They are trying to subvert asylum laws by frightening LEGAL asylum seekers into giving up their applications under threat of child abuse.

      The Trump administration has espoused that they are merely separating children from MS-13 Child smugglers and not from their own parents.

      Yet only 0.6% of fiscal year 2018 are alleged child smuggling. - http://hub.me/am4Dc

      The numbers DID go up from 0.06% to 0.6%

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