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Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character

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Floridatexan

Floridatexan

"In early June, I traveled to “The Valley,” as the McAllen-Brownsville area of Texas is called, down where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico. This river, the fourth longest in the US, forms the entire Texas-Mexico border, meandering south and east 1,250 miles from our far-west desert city of El Paso to the semi-tropical tip of my state. Its cartographic function aside, the narrow and shallow Rio Grande has historically been viewed by families in the region as more a connector than a divider, and it has long fostered a rich, cross-fertilized culture along its length, uniting generations of us Americanos with our Mexicano neighbors.

While I had gone there to talk politics at a union conference, I wasn’t about to pass up the chance to wallow awhile in the rich Tex-Mex experience. So I took an extra half day to savor shrimp just-plucked from the Gulf, quaff a couple or three good Mexican cervezas, let my mind drift to the lazy tempo of palm trees swaying in the sea breeze, and generally absorb the area’s unique spirit, character, and centuries-old sense of place. Altogether pleasant…

Well… except that, just beyond the palms where I was floating in blissful reverie, a time bomb of sadistic immigration policy was ticking. Only a couple of days later the border would explode in a media conflagration that would char Washington and burn across America as the public learned that our tempestuous, tweety-bird president had decided The Valley would be ground zero for his political mugging of border-crossing families. Suddenly (and stupidly) he and his agents mounted a full-scale terrorist attack on thousands of migrant children– 10-year-olds, 4-year-olds, toddlers … and even babies as young as two months!..."

https://hightowerlowdown.org/article/trumps-border-cruelty-is-a-test-of-our-national-character/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=e758c7a7-f792-4121-a735-520ba3847d75

zsomething


It's pretty much wrecked the evangelicals for good. I know several people who've quit church because the border situation is too hateful for them, and their church keeps supporting Trump. Trump has revealed all those "save the babies" right-wing-version-of-Christians as the hypocrites they've always been. They got a test and they failed it by picking Trump over Jesus.

The next generation's already been slipping on religious belief, and the Trump cult has cinched it for a lot of 'em. They're out.

That's the thing about religious people: when I find one who actually walks the walk, I respect 'em. I still don't believe in their god, but I respect that their belief actually did what it's supposed to and made them a better person (which they probably would have been anyway, but, still, I give points to the philosophy). But those Christians have always been few and far between. And now, since religion and politics became intractably intertwined, they're damn near extinct. Now we just have people who like to spout Bible verses at the rest of us but defend separating families, handing out killing machines, raping the environment, doing away with social programs that help the less fortunate, propping up the rich, etc. There's always been a scam, but Trump has made it obvious. They only look silly even trying to cover it up anymore.

2seaoat


Religious hypocrisy.......Bob spent a great deal of his time talking about the same and the Nexus with politics. I just do not get how Christians could EVER have supported Trump, but if you understand how the Southern Baptist sect was founded......do you really have any questions.......Trump is a fascist and his racial policies let folks put their beliefs in the trunk of the car. Make America Great Again......sorry it will not be white again, so get over it. How about common decency and politicians working for opportunity for every American.

RealLindaL


And I wouldn't put it past Trump to be absolutely delighting in the fact that the young Iowa college woman was murdered by an undocumented (yes, illegal) alien. You KNOW he just LOVES that.

zsomething


RealLindaL wrote:And I wouldn't put it past Trump to be absolutely delighting in the fact that the young Iowa college woman was murdered by an undocumented (yes, illegal) alien.  You KNOW he just LOVES that.


If I was a conspiracy-kook (like Pkr) I'd even be thinking they framed the guy. The alt-right are dying for a new "Kate." They ignore all the white Christian murderers like Christopher Lee Watts and focus on whatever's expedient to their bigoted agenda.

PkrBum

PkrBum
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/politics/alejandro-mayorkas-border-closed-immigration-facilities-cnntv/index.html

  "The comments from Mayorkas, who insisted the southern border is currently closed to migrants even though the administration is making an exception for unaccompanied minors, come as the situation there worsens amid a surge in unaccompanied children in US custody. The Biden administration has resisted calling the situation a crisis, even as Democratic and Republican lawmakers do so as they pressure officials to rectify the growing issue.   As of Saturday, there were more than 5,000 unaccompanied children in CBP custody, according to documents obtained by CNN, up from 4,500 children days earlier."

https://www.google.com/amp/s/news.yahoo.com/amphtml/photos-leaked-texas-dem-reveal-120345605.html

Kids in the cages Obama built. More built now by Biden to mitigate dem "immigration" policies.

Where's your heart and compassion now?

I'll wait...

Floridatexan

Floridatexan
New research finds 'no crisis or surge' as a result of Biden immigration policies

An analysis of what’s been happening at the southern border shows that the current immigrant “surge” is actually just the result of seasonal shifts and the past year’s pandemic—not anything Joe Biden has done or failed to do.

When I tuned in to ABC’s This Week on Sunday and saw that they were doing their entire show from El Paso, Texas, I thought, “Well, I guess this must really be a serious crisis, huh?” Turns out the only actual crisis was that Biden and congressional Democrats had just passed a landmark COVID-19 relief bill, and Republicans desperately needed to change the subject. So they worked the refs a bit and—voila!—instant controversy.

I almost wish Biden would don a tan suit and start whipping nonbinary, gender-fluid anthropomorphized tubers at Mitch McConnell’s head, so conservatives would have something real to whine about.

But, alas, just as there’s no outrage that could have spurred Republicans to seriously rebuke the Michelin Yam, nothing is too picayune or made up with which to smear our new president.

In a new research study, Tom K. Wong, an associate professor and director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at the University of California at San Diego, determined that “no crisis or surge ... can be attributed to Biden administration policies. Rather, the current increase in apprehensions fits a predictable pattern of seasonal changes in undocumented immigration combined with a backlog of demand because of 2020’s coronavirus border closure.”

Hmm, and I thought it was because Biden was luring people in with surplus hoards of free Obama phones. The Washington Post:

[T]he CBP’s numbers reveal that undocumented immigration is seasonal, shifting upward this time of year. During fiscal year 2019, under the Trump administration, total apprehensions increased 31 percent during the same period, a bigger jump than we’re seeing now. We’re comparing fiscal year 2021 to 2019 because the pandemic changed the pattern in 2020. In 2018, the increase is about 25 percent from February to March — somewhat smaller but still pronounced.

Look at the graphics! (The blue line is 2021.)

Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character ExKb-hPWUAMJ8_1?format=jpg&name=small


Of course, there has been a surge in unaccompanied minors being taken in at the border, but that might have something to do with not sending them back into the desert to fend for themselves.

And then there’s this:

The CBP has indeed reported apprehending more migrants in February 2021 than in the same month in previous years. But that too doesn’t mean it’s a surge or a crisis. In the first figure, above, the blue trend line for fiscal year 2021 is above the orange trend line for fiscal year 2019. But 2020 was the pandemic, when movement dropped dramatically. Countries around the world closed their borders. Here in the United States, the Trump administration invoked Title 42, a provision from the 1944 Public Health Act, to summarily expel migrants attempting to enter the United States without proper documentation.

In other words, in fiscal year 2021, it appears that migrants are continuing to enter the United States in the same numbers as in fiscal year 2019 — plus the pent-up demand from people who would have come in fiscal year 2020, but for the pandemic.

Now, this isn’t to say what’s happening at the border isn’t a problem. Too many children are being kept in spaces that were never designed to house as many kids as they’re currently housing. But, for one thing, the Biden team’s transition period was artificially truncated because the former guy had the gravitas of a gonorrheal prairie chicken.

Significantly, Biden isn’t tearing children away from their parents, despite conservatives’ numerous attempts to accuse the “liberal” media of hypocrisy, vis-à-vis their immigration coverage.

And while the Biden administration needs to step up its game and get these kids taken care of, at least I can sleep at night knowing he’s not going out of his way to do harm so he can win the votes of people who actually love and cherish the cruelty.

That’s a huge step in the right direction, as far as I’m concerned.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/3/24/2022673/-New-research-finds-no-crisis-or-surge-as-a-result-of-Biden-immigration-policies

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Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character Southwest-border-fy-data-1-1

White Nationalist TV News: Even Networks and CNN are falling for ‘Border Crisis’ Propaganda

JUAN COLE
03/24/2021

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The media frenzy in the US around the alleged border crisis with Mexico could have several roots. It could be an attempt to appear even-handed, in that anchors are criticizing a Democratic administration. It could be that Republican talking points are simply being given a hearing. It cannot be that the two-month-old Biden administration has actually changed anything substantially about attempts of undocumented people to come into the United States. It hasn’t, with only a few minor exceptions.

Tony Payan at the Baker Institute observes,

“So far this year, immigration patterns — including those involving unaccompanied minors — are no different than they were in 2020 or 2019. A quick look at the number of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border shows that the count goes up each spring and summer, and that it does not seem to be correlated with the U.S. government’s efforts to stop the human flow. As of today, the case cannot be made that Biden’s policies are causing higher numbers of unaccompanied minors and other immigrants at the border.”
WaPo’s hard news staff crunched the numbers and they concur, even if their editors don’t. The actual, like, reporters find “no migrant surge” at the border.

You expect Texas governor Greg Abbott to charge that Biden is suddenly letting Mexican drug cartels operate freely ( he isn’t and they aren’t). No surprise that Fox’s Jeannine Pirro should charge that “the border is completely open” ( it isn’t– at all).

What is surprising is the lemming-like rush of US TV news to trumpet the alleged Biden border crisis.

Since there is no factual basis for claims of an unusual crisis at the border, I strongly suspect that the TV media coverage is provoked by an unfaced white nationalism. Erin Burnett at CNN actually smirked at the idea of the Biden administration saying (quite correctly) that there is no crisis, only an ongoing challenge.

Most undocumented immigrants don’t even come in via the Mexico border. In 2017, 600,000 people who had flown into the US with valid visas overstayed their visas. That year, some 300,000 people were apprehended trying to enter the US over the Mexican border.

Between 2007 and 2016, far more Mexicans left the US than came in. Mexicans are 25% of foreign-born immigrants in the US. Asians are 28%. Europeans are 13%. These statistics cover documented immigrants, including naturalized ones, as well as the minority of the undocumented.

Why the anxiety about Spanish-speaking undocumented immigrants coming over the border, when there are now more undocumented people in the US coming in through airports and overstaying their visas, from all over the world, including places in Europe?

No hue and cry about European immigrants overstaying their visas or taking peoples’ jobs. No reporters staking out LaGuardia or JFK or Boston Logan Airport?

Hmm. I’m just trying to put my finger on what could be the difference here.

In 2019, under the odious Trump, 851,508 people were apprehended trying to come into the US illegally via the southwest border, an unusually large number given recent averages. Yet there was not wall to wall coverage throughout 2019 of Trump’s “Border crisis.” There was a bit when Trump himself made a big deal out of the Mexican-border undocumented entrants. Trump of course demonized Mexicans as rapists and drug smugglers and murderers.


h/t Factcheck.org .

Last October, apprehensions went up to 69,022. I watch a lot of TV news. No coverage of “crisis at the border” last October. None.

Trump was in office for most of January. Apprehensions of undocumented immigrants (individuals or family units)? 75,312. The number of unaccompanied children among them? 5,694. No reporting on crisis at the border under Trump’s last three weeks in power.

Historical patterns show that numbers of attempted entries, including by unaccompanied children, tend to spike in spring-summer.

So it is not a particular surprise that immigration authorities picked up 96,974 undocumented immigrants in February. It is not a surge. It is par for the course. It is like 2019, the last year before the pandemic. It is just normal life in the US.

The Biden administration has deported the vast majority of them. In fact, it is doing so in a Draconian way and in precisely the same way and on the same pandemic grounds that Trump did. And it is continuing the problematic practice of summarily denying claims of asylum, except in the case of unaccompanied children.

Except for the families and unaccompanied children. Trump used to promptly expel them into Mexico (many are not Mexican). Biden is letting the children stay. Most of them have relatives in the US who will take them in. They will be given an asylum hearing to see if they are in danger back home, and if not will eventually be sent back.

Trump putting unaccompanied children found in the US over the border to Mexico, all by themselves? Now that was a “crisis at the border.” It was a crime in international law.

Trump used to charge immigrant families with a crime (trying to enter illegally) and put them in prison. Since children cannot be in adult prison by US law, their children were therefore taken from them. Then Trump threatened that if the undocumented relatives of these children came to pick them up, the relatives would be arrested and deported.

So thousands of children went into US government custody instead of to their families, a change from previous administrations.

Then Trump deported the parents and kept the children.

That was a crisis at the border. The US TV news media covered it for a couple of months then got bored and we never heard anything more about it. The Trump administration did not keep records about which families they broke up, moreover, so that thousands of children were permanently lost to their parents. Trump made the US government into a family separation machine.

Biden stopped the family separations. But because of the coronavirus, the vast majority of individuals detained are being deported by Biden.

Biden is not, however, immediately deporting the unaccompanied children who are detained, which means that several thousand of them are in US detention facilities. Trump had trained the childrens’ families in the US to be afraid to come pick them up, so distribution to families is slower than it had been under Obama.

The children, however, will be placed with their US families over time, which is a vast improvement over the way Trump treated them and their families.

This improvement is what the US television news is calling a “crisis at the border.”

——

Bonus Video:

Australian ABC: “Does Biden really face a “crisis” at the border? | Planet America”



juancole.com/2021/03/nationalist-networks-propaganda.html

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Telstar and zsomething like this post

PkrBum

PkrBum
"Expectations were created that with the Government of President Biden there would be a better treatment of migrants, and this has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, wanting to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so."

Mexican President Lopez Obrador

Telstar

Telstar
Floridatexan wrote:New research finds 'no crisis or surge' as a result of Biden immigration policies

An analysis of what’s been happening at the southern border shows that the current immigrant “surge” is actually just the result of seasonal shifts and the past year’s pandemic—not anything Joe Biden has done or failed to do.

When I tuned in to ABC’s This Week on Sunday and saw that they were doing their entire show from El Paso, Texas, I thought, “Well, I guess this must really be a serious crisis, huh?” Turns out the only actual crisis was that Biden and congressional Democrats had just passed a landmark COVID-19 relief bill, and Republicans desperately needed to change the subject. So they worked the refs a bit and—voila!—instant controversy.

I almost wish Biden would don a tan suit and start whipping nonbinary, gender-fluid anthropomorphized tubers at Mitch McConnell’s head, so conservatives would have something real to whine about.

But, alas, just as there’s no outrage that could have spurred Republicans to seriously rebuke the Michelin Yam, nothing is too picayune or made up with which to smear our new president.

In a new research study, Tom K. Wong, an associate professor and director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at the University of California at San Diego, determined that “no crisis or surge ... can be attributed to Biden administration policies. Rather, the current increase in apprehensions fits a predictable pattern of seasonal changes in undocumented immigration combined with a backlog of demand because of 2020’s coronavirus border closure.”

Hmm, and I thought it was because Biden was luring people in with surplus hoards of free Obama phones. The Washington Post:

[T]he CBP’s numbers reveal that undocumented immigration is seasonal, shifting upward this time of year. During fiscal year 2019, under the Trump administration, total apprehensions increased 31 percent during the same period, a bigger jump than we’re seeing now. We’re comparing fiscal year 2021 to 2019 because the pandemic changed the pattern in 2020. In 2018, the increase is about 25 percent from February to March — somewhat smaller but still pronounced.

Look at the graphics! (The blue line is 2021.)

Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character ExKb-hPWUAMJ8_1?format=jpg&name=small


Of course, there has been a surge in unaccompanied minors being taken in at the border, but that might have something to do with not sending them back into the desert to fend for themselves.

And then there’s this:

The CBP has indeed reported apprehending more migrants in February 2021 than in the same month in previous years. But that too doesn’t mean it’s a surge or a crisis. In the first figure, above, the blue trend line for fiscal year 2021 is above the orange trend line for fiscal year 2019. But 2020 was the pandemic, when movement dropped dramatically. Countries around the world closed their borders. Here in the United States, the Trump administration invoked Title 42, a provision from the 1944 Public Health Act, to summarily expel migrants attempting to enter the United States without proper documentation.

In other words, in fiscal year 2021, it appears that migrants are continuing to enter the United States in the same numbers as in fiscal year 2019 — plus the pent-up demand from people who would have come in fiscal year 2020, but for the pandemic.

Now, this isn’t to say what’s happening at the border isn’t a problem. Too many children are being kept in spaces that were never designed to house as many kids as they’re currently housing. But, for one thing, the Biden team’s transition period was artificially truncated because the former guy had the gravitas of a gonorrheal prairie chicken.

Significantly, Biden isn’t tearing children away from their parents, despite conservatives’ numerous attempts to accuse the “liberal” media of hypocrisy, vis-à-vis their immigration coverage.

And while the Biden administration needs to step up its game and get these kids taken care of, at least I can sleep at night knowing he’s not going out of his way to do harm so he can win the votes of people who actually love and cherish the cruelty.

That’s a huge step in the right direction, as far as I’m concerned.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/3/24/2022673/-New-research-finds-no-crisis-or-surge-as-a-result-of-Biden-immigration-policies

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Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character Southwest-border-fy-data-1-1

White Nationalist TV News: Even Networks and CNN are falling for ‘Border Crisis’ Propaganda

JUAN COLE
03/24/2021

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The media frenzy in the US around the alleged border crisis with Mexico could have several roots. It could be an attempt to appear even-handed, in that anchors are criticizing a Democratic administration. It could be that Republican talking points are simply being given a hearing. It cannot be that the two-month-old Biden administration has actually changed anything substantially about attempts of undocumented people to come into the United States. It hasn’t, with only a few minor exceptions.

Tony Payan at the Baker Institute observes,

“So far this year, immigration patterns — including those involving unaccompanied minors — are no different than they were in 2020 or 2019. A quick look at the number of unaccompanied minors at the U.S.-Mexico border shows that the count goes up each spring and summer, and that it does not seem to be correlated with the U.S. government’s efforts to stop the human flow. As of today, the case cannot be made that Biden’s policies are causing higher numbers of unaccompanied minors and other immigrants at the border.”
WaPo’s hard news staff crunched the numbers and they concur, even if their editors don’t. The actual, like, reporters find “no migrant surge” at the border.

You expect Texas governor Greg Abbott to charge that Biden is suddenly letting Mexican drug cartels operate freely ( he isn’t and they aren’t). No surprise that Fox’s Jeannine Pirro should charge that “the border is completely open” ( it isn’t– at all).

What is surprising is the lemming-like rush of US TV news to trumpet the alleged Biden border crisis.

Since there is no factual basis for claims of an unusual crisis at the border, I strongly suspect that the TV media coverage is provoked by an unfaced white nationalism. Erin Burnett at CNN actually smirked at the idea of the Biden administration saying (quite correctly) that there is no crisis, only an ongoing challenge.

Most undocumented immigrants don’t even come in via the Mexico border. In 2017, 600,000 people who had flown into the US with valid visas overstayed their visas. That year, some 300,000 people were apprehended trying to enter the US over the Mexican border.

Between 2007 and 2016, far more Mexicans left the US than came in. Mexicans are 25% of foreign-born immigrants in the US. Asians are 28%. Europeans are 13%. These statistics cover documented immigrants, including naturalized ones, as well as the minority of the undocumented.

Why the anxiety about Spanish-speaking undocumented immigrants coming over the border, when there are now more undocumented people in the US coming in through airports and overstaying their visas, from all over the world, including places in Europe?

No hue and cry about European immigrants overstaying their visas or taking peoples’ jobs. No reporters staking out LaGuardia or JFK or Boston Logan Airport?

Hmm. I’m just trying to put my finger on what could be the difference here.

In 2019, under the odious Trump, 851,508 people were apprehended trying to come into the US illegally via the southwest border, an unusually large number given recent averages. Yet there was not wall to wall coverage throughout 2019 of Trump’s “Border crisis.” There was a bit when Trump himself made a big deal out of the Mexican-border undocumented entrants. Trump of course demonized Mexicans as rapists and drug smugglers and murderers.


h/t Factcheck.org .

Last October, apprehensions went up to 69,022. I watch a lot of TV news. No coverage of “crisis at the border” last October. None.

Trump was in office for most of January. Apprehensions of undocumented immigrants (individuals or family units)? 75,312. The number of unaccompanied children among them? 5,694. No reporting on crisis at the border under Trump’s last three weeks in power.

Historical patterns show that numbers of attempted entries, including by unaccompanied children, tend to spike in spring-summer.

So it is not a particular surprise that immigration authorities picked up 96,974 undocumented immigrants in February. It is not a surge. It is par for the course. It is like 2019, the last year before the pandemic. It is just normal life in the US.

The Biden administration has deported the vast majority of them. In fact, it is doing so in a Draconian way and in precisely the same way and on the same pandemic grounds that Trump did. And it is continuing the problematic practice of summarily denying claims of asylum, except in the case of unaccompanied children.

Except for the families and unaccompanied children. Trump used to promptly expel them into Mexico (many are not Mexican). Biden is letting the children stay. Most of them have relatives in the US who will take them in. They will be given an asylum hearing to see if they are in danger back home, and if not will eventually be sent back.

Trump putting unaccompanied children found in the US over the border to Mexico, all by themselves? Now that was a “crisis at the border.” It was a crime in international law.

Trump used to charge immigrant families with a crime (trying to enter illegally) and put them in prison. Since children cannot be in adult prison by US law, their children were therefore taken from them. Then Trump threatened that if the undocumented relatives of these children came to pick them up, the relatives would be arrested and deported.

So thousands of children went into US government custody instead of to their families, a change from previous administrations.

Then Trump deported the parents and kept the children.

That was a crisis at the border. The US TV news media covered it for a couple of months then got bored and we never heard anything more about it. The Trump administration did not keep records about which families they broke up, moreover, so that thousands of children were permanently lost to their parents. Trump made the US government into a family separation machine.

Biden stopped the family separations. But because of the coronavirus, the vast majority of individuals detained are being deported by Biden.

Biden is not, however, immediately deporting the unaccompanied children who are detained, which means that several thousand of them are in US detention facilities. Trump had trained the childrens’ families in the US to be afraid to come pick them up, so distribution to families is slower than it had been under Obama.

The children, however, will be placed with their US families over time, which is a vast improvement over the way Trump treated them and their families.

This improvement is what the US television news is calling a “crisis at the border.”

——

Bonus Video:

Australian ABC: “Does Biden really face a “crisis” at the border? | Planet America”



juancole.com/2021/03/nationalist-networks-propaganda.html

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