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Senator Says Trump Is Using 'Cruelty to Children' as Immigration Tool
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49820"><span class="small">Peter Wade, Rolling Stone</span></a>   
Monday, 08 July 2019 08:24

Wade writes: "On Sunday, Senator Chris Coons was a guest on CBS News' Face the Nation. Host Margaret Brennan asked the senator to speak to the duration of time that families and children are being held at migrant detention centers at the U.S. border. Coons directly said the administration's strategy is purposely harsh."

Sen. Chris Coons talks to media after a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. (photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Shutterstock)
Sen. Chris Coons talks to media after a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. (photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP/Shutterstock)


Senator Says Trump Is Using 'Cruelty to Children' as Immigration Tool

By Peter Wade, Rolling Stone

08 July 19


“We’ve got an administration that has intentionally used cruelty to children as a tool of immigration policy,” Senator Chris Coons said

n Sunday, Senator Chris Coons was a guest on CBS News’ Face the Nation. Host Margaret Brennan asked the senator to speak to the duration of time that families and children are being held at migrant detention centers at the U.S. border. Coons directly said the administration’s strategy is purposely harsh.

“Well, my concern here is that we’ve got an administration that has intentionally used cruelty to children as a tool of immigration policy,” Coons said.

Coons then explained that the Trump administration is going out of its way to avoid a political solution.

“I’ll remind you that their zero tolerance policy that forcibly separated children from their parents at the border a year ago was a humanitarian disaster and faced a bipartisan outcry of both Republicans and Democrats,” Coons said.

The senator continued, “So they don’t have a lot of moral authority to stand on in arguing that they’d like Congress to give them an unlimited ability to detain children and their parents at the border.”

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has visited immigrant detention camps, recently tweeted about the inhumane treatment of immigrants and its end game, saying, “The cruelty is the goal. It’s called ‘deterrence’—a policy stance that if our country inflicts enough pain on refugees, they will think twice before believing America is worth their dreams & aspirations.”

It’s hard to deny. Trump’s White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who has been the architect of the administration’s deterrence policy on immigration, was infamously quoted in ex-Trump aide Cliff Sims’ 2019 book saying, “I would be happy if not a single refugee foot ever again touched America’s soil.”

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-3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-08 09:40
Yes, I think Coons and AOC are right. Cruelty is the goal. The Trump admin thinks cruelty will act as a deterrent and people will stop coming to the US. Sadly, they are wrong.

Cruelty and especially cruelty to children has always been a tactic used by the US government. It is a way of teaching adults that they cannot even protect their children when the US regime is after them. Remember, Madeleine Albright's comment when the UN reported that 540,000 children had died as a result of Bill Clinton's sanctions. She said, "We think it is worth it." All US administrations would say the same thing. Trump says it. Miller says it. Obama said it. This is what the US is.

I want to quote again from Caitlin Johnson's article "Kamala Harris Is An Oligarch’s Wet Dream."

"But the establishment doesn’t hate Trump because he opposes them; he doesn’t oppose existing power structures in any meaningful way at all. The reason the heads of those power structures despise Trump is solely because he sucks at narrative management and puts an ugly face on the ugly things that America’s permanent government is constantly doing. He’s bad at managing their assets."




Harris will better manage the oligarchs' narrative. Harris imprisoned single mothers and left their kids to foster care and laughed about it. But usually she only mouths platitudes about protecting children. Trump is not that dishonest.
 
 
+1 # Citizen Mike 2019-07-08 13:14
It is so obvious as to require no comment, cruelty is used as deterrent.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2019-07-09 01:13
I think the political, economic and social repercussions from America's unholy persecution of immigrant children will be biblical. I think only Divine retribution will penetrate the racism and know-nothingism of Trump's essential base. Perhaps, it soon will be forthcoming. Perhaps, it will take a modern Moses (Adonai) to confront a contemporary Pharaoh (Trump) with the equivalent of ten plagues. Stay tuned.