From NBC News (Jacob Soboroff): “On the same day the Trump administration said it would reunite thousands of migrant families it had separated at the border with the help of a “central database,” an official was admitting privately the government only had enough information to reconnect 60 parents with their kids, according to emails obtained by NBC News.
“[I]n short, no, we do not have any linkages from parents to [children], save for a handful,” a Health and Human Services official told a top official at Immigration and Customs Enforcement on June 23, 2018. “We have a list of parent alien numbers but no way to link them to children.”
I commented on this situation in July 2018 in the post: “It’s Official, We have become the bad guy.” In that very short post, I said,
“Congratulations to all of my fellow Americans, we are now creating orphaned children to fix a problem that we have imagined (https://wapo.st/2KN9n6B)”
Ten months later…many of these children are still separated. And the administration has been lying to us and the courts about it all along. It is not surprising that an administration with no moral compass would lie about everything and anything but, in this case, their actions are permanently damaging children. We are the government. The government is us. The actions of the government are performed in our name.
This administration is blindly supported by a certain vocal segment of the Christian right. Do these actions reflect the beliefs of their religion? Would Jesus separate children from their parents in order to send a message?
The administration must be held to account for this travesty. The sheer incompetence is mind-boggling. These actions should not and, I believe, do not reflect the will of the citizens of this nation. Congress must investigate and implement corrective actions to prevent this abuse at the hand of the government from happening again.
Yes, we must vote this administration out of office. But, we must also prosecute those responsible.
All candidates for Federal elected office and nominees for cabinet positions must be asked for their opinion on this and what actions they would take to fix the situation. Anything short of investigating and prosecuting those responsible is a disqualifier for that position.