No Plan For Already Separated Families

President Trump’s much-hyped executive order doesn’t address what happens to families already separated. (Hint: They don’t even know how to find a lot of the parents.)

Babies Found

“Toddlers are being detained.”

AP: “Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas. … Doctors and lawyers who have visited the shelters said the facilities were fine, clean and safe, but the kids — who have no idea where their parents are — were hysterical, crying and acting out.”

“The thought that they are going to be putting such little kids in an institutional setting? I mean it is hard for me to even wrap my mind around it. Toddlers are being detained.” — Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which provides foster care and other child welfare services to migrant children.

On Monday DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen dodged questions about the whereabouts of these children.

NYT Transcript:
REPORTER: A couple of questions. One, why is the government only releasing images of the boys being held? Where are the girls? Where are the young toddlers?
NIELSEN: I don’t know. I’m not familiar with those particular images so I would have —
REPORTER: Do you know where they are? Do you know where the girls are? Do you know where the young toddlers are?
NIELSEN: We have children in D.H.S. care both, but as you know, most of the children after 72 hours are transferred to H.H.S. So I don’t know what pictures you’re referencing but I would have to refer you to H.H.S.
REPORTER: We’ve seen images of boys but we just haven’t seen any of the girls, any of the young toddlers and you’re saying they are being well cared for. So how could you make that claim if you don’t know where they are?
NIELSEN: It is not that I don’t know where they are. I’m saying that the vast majority of children are held by Health and Human Services. We transfer them after 72 hours. I don’t know what pictures you’re speaking about. But perhaps they’re —
REPORTER: Pictures have been released to the public, they’ve been aired all over national television.
NIELSEN: O.K., by D.H.S. or H.H.S.?
REPORTER: By [inaudible] .H.S.
NIELSEN: So let’s find out from H.H.S. I don’t think there is anything other than [cross talk] the pictures —
REPORTER: [cross talk] released by your department. I mean, they’ve have been aired all over national television throughout the day, the kids being held in the cages. We’ve only seen the boys.
NIELSEN: I will, I will look into that. I’m not aware that there’s another picture. Yes.

The Art Of Deflection

Tucker Carlson tries to change the subject:

You think any of these people care about family separation? If they did, they’d be upset about the collapse of the American family, which is measurable and real. They’re not. They welcome that collapse, because strong families are an impediment to their political power. That’s why they’re always lecturing you about the patriarchy and the evil of the nuclear family. Millions and millions of American kids are growing up with one parent at home thanks to their policies. That’s fine with them.

The Science Of Stupidity

Border Wars

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — “Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside.”

Now Here’s A Supreme Leader

This North Korean documentary, although a tiring and repetitive 42 minutes long, really is kinda fascinating (you can always fast-forward for just a sampling). It shows what our media would look like if Trump and his courtiers get their way.

Don’t miss Kim’s airport return scenes starting at 40:00. Crowds in a hand-clapping frenzy, narrator sounds like her head is exploding. Trump’s fantasy.

Trump Reportedly Joked That North Korean State-Run TV Treats Authority Even Better Than Fox News

From the video: Trump salutes North Korean general.
If Obama had done that … oh, never mind.