Ivanka Noncommittal On DHS’ Family Separation Policy

Ivanka Trump appeared today on CBS’ Face the Nation where host Margaret Brennan asked her a direct question as to whether she was “personally engaged” in ensuring migrant families that were separated as a result of DHS’ zero tolerance policy(aka family separation policy) are reunited in a timely manner. Ivanka surprisingly gave a very generalized, even noncommittal answer that left one with the impression that she has never been personally involved in the issue as many including Yours Truly, had assumed.

Host Margaret Brennan said, “You were vocal in your opposition to the family separation policy when it came to immigration in the U.S. border. You said that was a low point for you. We[CBS] went and looked and Homeland Security[DHS] says there are still around 900 children who remain separated from their families. Is that something you continue to remain engaged on when it comes to immigration?” Any reasonable person reading this would conclude that this was a specific question as to whether Ivanka was personally/actively involved with the migrant family reunifications and not a general question about Trump administration’s immigration policy. Ivanka however treated it as a general question and cleverly dodged dealing with the issue at hand–her specific role in resolving the family separation crisis.

Specifically Ivanka replied, “Well immigration is not part of my portfolio obviously. I think everyone should be engaged, and the full force of the U.S. government is committed to this effort, to border security, to protecting the most vulnerable. That includes those being trafficked across our border which this president has committed to countering and combating human trafficking in an incredibly comprehensive aggressive way. So the full United States government has been focused on this issue starting with the president.”

It also bears pointing out that Ivanka takes a lot of heat on social media related to the family separation policy every time she shares pictures of her children. One would think such sustained public pressure would have moved her by now into taking a more active role in resolving the migrant family separation crisis, or at least creating a public impression that she has.

Bottom line even though immigration is not in Ivanka’s portfolio as she correctly pointed out in her Face the Nation interview, the child separation policy in particular, is a topic she cannot be seen to be noncommittal about if she expects the public to take her seriously in her other women empowerment campaigns. Reasonable people will agree that as a champion for women empowerment, Ivanka has a duty to get involved and actively push her father’s administration towards a timely resolution of the migrant family separation crisis. Ivanka herself has expressed frustration with the child separation policy so she has no excuse for looking the other way. Simply put, do something about the migrant family separation crisis Ivanka, it is the moral thing to do.

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5,460 Migrant Children Separated From Parents By Trump Admin

In a shocking new piece, the Associated Press now places the tally of migrant children separated from their parents as a result of Trump’s harsh immigration policy at 5,460. This is almost double the initial 2,814 figure the government cited in court when U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of the Southern District of California ordered an end to the cruel family separation policy in June 2018. In ordering the Trump administration to stop the family separation policy except in limited circumstances (unverifiable parent or threat to child safety), the federal judge also ordered the immediate reunification of the separated children with their families.

For the record, back in June 2018 when the federal judge ordered an end to the family separation policy, it was widely acknowledged both by immigration activists and government officials that the final tally would end up being higher than the 2,814 figure presented in court because the Trump administration was already separating migrant children from their parents even before they officially embarked on the family separation policy in the Spring of 2018.

It is fair to say that the new tally of 5,460 migrant children which almost doubles the initial 2,814 figure, is way more than anyone expected and further cements the conclusion already reached by many that Trump’s immigration policy is the most cruel and inhumane in U.S. history. The government separating one child from their family as a result of an immigration violation is already cruel and unusual punishment. When the government separates 5,400 children from their families as a result of immigration violations, that is sufficient grounds for a Human Rights violations probe by the United Nations, especially when according to the AP piece, as many as 71 children 2 years old or less(5 of them only months old) were also victims of this cruel immigration policy. Simply put folks, no immigration policy is worth ripping a baby less than a year old from their mother, and no decent human being would ever defend such a policy.

It is also worth pointing out that child health advocates repeatedly warned the Trump administration that separating children from their parents would cause severe and irreversible mental and psychological injuries to them. These warnings were made while the Trump administration was still conducting the family separation policy. Well, according to the AP piece, it appears that even after the federal judge ordered the an end to the family separation policy in June 2018, the Trump administration disregarded the judge’s order and proceeded to separate a further 1,090 children—an inexcusable abuse of power.

Bottom line folks, immigration has always been and still remains one of the most complex issues any U.S. administration faces. The reason for this is very simple–America remains a country of immigrants and issues related to immigration elicit sharp reactions from both sides of the political divide. The Trump administration is not the first, nor will it be the last one to enact an immigration policy that generates a lot of public outcry. One only hopes however that the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane family separation policy is the last immigration policy any U.S. administration ever enacts in total disregard to the serious and irreversible health consequences it subjects young migrant children to. As Senator and Presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-CA) famously says, “We are better than this.”

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1700 Migrant Children Were Separated Before “Zero Tolerance” Policy

A shocking NBC News piece says DHS separated more than 1700 migrant children before it officially began the “zero tolerance” policy in May 2018. This means the 1700 figure is over and above the official figures released by the Trump administration as to the number of migrant children separated from their parents as a result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy which according to this NBC News piece currently stands at 2800. Think about that, we are now finding out that the roughly 2800 migrant children that were separated from their parents as a result of DHS’ “zero tolerance” policy sparking justified national outrage, were just a drop in the bucket.

All these new revelations are coming out as a result of U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw’s order that the Trump administration identify all the migrant children that were separated before “zero tolerance” took effect and make efforts to reunite them with their families. Lee Gelent, the Lead ACLU lawyer in the case told NBC News, “The government has indicated that it has already found preliminary indications of 1700 more separated families, on top of the more than 3000 separated families already reported.”

Bottom line folks, it appears even with all the bombshell news reports about DHS’ evil family separation policy and the resultant national outrage, we are just now coming to terms with the breadth and scope of DHS’ troubling actions in this regard. It is vitally important that House Democrats and the mainstream media not drop their guard on this humanitarian issue of great national concern so that we not only get to the bottom of what happened here, but that bad actors are brought to justice. America owes this to the innocent migrant children.

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Devos Profiting From Separated Migrant Children?

Education Secretary Betsy Devos

As the scandal surrounding thousands of migrant children who the Department of Homeland Security appears to have lost track of continues, a troubling but interesting thread is developing and that is, that the migrant children are not lost, but are instead being channelled into adoption for profit. In other words, there is a profit motive behind the already shocking child separation policy.

Even more troubling is that the adoption agency at the center of this controversy, Bethany Christian Services, has close ties to current Education Secretary Betsy Devos, a close ally of President Trump. Strangely, even though this is a topic that has been reported by some sections of the mainstream media, it has not garnered the attention it clearly deserves.

Yours Truly has certainly done his part highlighting this very troubling migrant children separation issue and will continue to do so

Bottom line, House Democrats and the mainstream media need to get to the bottom of the migrant children separation issue and specifically, whether there are people up to and including Education Secretary Betsy Devos, who are profiting from the pain and suffering of these migrant families. This is way beyond politics and clearly a moral issue of the utmost importance. Simply put, tax payer funds should not be used to separate migrant families or any other family for that matter, for profit.

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Trump Administration Locking Migrant Children In Cages

In a previous post Yours Truly called on Congressional Democrats to demand an immediate end to Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy for its evil/inhumane practice of ripping migrant children from their parents upon apprehension at the southern U.S. border. This is a policy that the United Nations has called a violation of human rights and most recently torture so Dems must not hold any punches over it. It is quite encouraging to see highly influential figures in the Democratic Party like former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton forcefully voicing their opposition to this evil “Zero Tolerance” policy and Congressional Dems should follow their lead.


However Dems must also expose an even more troubling aspect of this already abominable “Zero Tolerance” policy which is that the Trump Admnistration is putting Migrant Children in cages–like animals.

This is simply unacceptable in the United States of America, let alone any civilized society. Part of the Dem opposition to the evil “Zero Tolerance” policy has to be this sickening practice of putting migrant children in cages. Quite frankly at this point, Dems have no otherwise but to join Sen Kamala Harris in calling for the immediate resignation of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen


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Dems Must Confront Trump Admin’s Evil Policy Of Ripping Migrant Children From Their Parents

Ever since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Trump Administration’s new tough “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy, a sharp debate has erupted as to whether Trump Admin’s immigration stance is so tough as to be inhumane/a human rights violation

Of particular concern has been the “Zero Tolerance” policy’s requirement that when migrant families are apprehended after illegally crossing the southern U.S. border, the children are separated from their parents who go and face immigration/removal proceedings. The Department of Homeland Security takes custody of their children, in many cases infants, and places them with U.S. relatives


For the record, every U.S. Admin crafts its own immigration policy which often differs from previous administration policies and the Trump Admin is entitled to its own immigration policy. What makes the "Zero Tolerance" policy markedly different is that many, including the United Nations have called it a violation of human rights for the way it rips migrant children from their parents. The Obama administration, as did other previous administrations placed similarly situated families in family detention centers for the precise reason of keeping families together. The Trump Administration, ashamed of its own immigration policy has resorted to shifting the blame on the Obama administration--a blatant lie. Rather than put an immediate end to their human rights violations the Trump admin has chosen to perpetuate it using a blatant lie that it is Obama who started the evil program

In addition to that there have been reports that in the process of placing the kids with their relatives, their parents are losing contact with them which as you know is any parent's worst nightmare.

As if the immediate trauma "Zero Tolerance" policy is inflicting on migrant families is not enough, now doctors are warning that the separation from their parents will cause the children irreparable harm, up to and including mental problems. This is as serious as it gets which is why Yours Truly is calling upon Dems to immediately step in and do what America has always done-- rescue children in danger.

The dire warning by the doctors must be the "red line" for Dems as regards Trump Admin's Zero Tolerance policy. This is way beyond the usual immigration politics Americans are accustomed to.

Dems have a moral obligation to demand an immediate end to Trump Admin's "Zero Tolerance" immigration policy which subjects migrant infants to irreparable health defects.

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