This is what separating and detaining families looks like at the US southern border. This is also what US officials look like when lying about what they are doing and why.
This is Auschwitz, another place where families were separated and detained. And, where officials also lied about what they were doing and why.
Trump’s story that the Democrats forced his hand to do this has been thoroughly debunked. He could stop this evil with a single word.
What this is really all about is holding children hostage to extort the money from Democrats in Congress to build the border wall that we do not need. That has been verified.
My fellow citizens, rise up and put a stop to this evil! Contact your senators and representatives, and insist that they stop this.
If they do not, replace them at the earliest election, or other recall opportunity, with someone who will. It really is that simple.
Update 7-3-18: I have still seen nothing to change my assessment of this situation. As of yesterday, it was reported that family separations finally (!!!) stopped. But the number of children actually reunited with their parents is still, as of today, a number less than 10 out of over 2000 so separated. Border crossing arrests are also reported to be down, so this does seem to work as a deterrent, at least short term. But I find the cost of this "deterrent" to be totally unacceptable from a moral and ethical standpoint. It is a human rights violation. It is far outside that behavior recommended by all the great religions.
Update 7-6-18: There is definitely a pattern to the delays correcting by court order this atrocity.
That pattern includes and encompasses the more recent story about immigrant recruits being discharged from the military. They were promised a path to citizenship if they enlisted. The government has just reneged on that promise. Can you conceive of why?
It also encompasses the toleration of Nazis and KKK'ers marching in Charlottesville, as if their ideologies were as valid as anyone else's, although few yet make that particular connection. Sound familiar? It should!
That pattern is: select a scapegoat population, such as immigrants, especially those of color. Then demonize them. Then abuse them. Finally, get rid of them. Sound familiar? It should!
Another piece is the "beloved-leader" cult of the strongman leader. Followers support him rabidly, no matter how much harm he does them. Logic and facts cannot dissuade them. Sound familiar? It should!
Consider the effects of the trade war on the heartland figures who are Trump's political base (and largely the extreme-right wing of the GOP's base, these days). Or the 1.5 trillion dollars added to the national debt to "finance" tax cuts that were 90+% for the super-rich, not them.
We've seen this evil before, and spent the best part of half a million lives and most of our treasure trying to eradicate it, 7.5 decades ago. THAT is why I specifically picked the comparison to the Nazis. The parallel between today's America and 1930's Germany is quite eerie, at the very least!