Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Selective Outrage

Because Trump is at the helm, everyone remembers to be outraged at the thought of children being separated from their illegal migrant parents even though it is not anything new:

With condemnation streaming in from all sides, U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration continue to staunchly defended their new “zero-tolerance” border policy.

Critics of the policy, from current and former first ladies to the U.N. to Canadian politicians, have decried the way it separates parents and small children at the border, with children being housed in shelters with strangers while their parents await sentencing in separate facilities.

So far, the U.S. government has separated 1,995 undocumented children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border between April 19 and May 31, officials confirm. The practice has been labelled traumatizing, cruel and immoral.

But Trump says it’s necessary for the security and stability of America, and that the separations are the result of a law enacted before he came into office.


Rep. Henry Cuellar also puts into context that some of the children held then and held now are coming across on their own, without parents or guardians. He also points out that some are entering the country with adults that are not their parents, a point the New York Times made in a report back in April.
Some migrants have admitted they brought their children not only to remove them from danger in such places as Central America and Africa, but because they believed it would cause the authorities to release them from custody sooner.
Others have admitted to posing falsely with children who are not their own, and Border Patrol officials say that such instances of fraud are increasing.
Of course all of this context is lost in a world where people just want to yell and scream about Donald Trump and blame him for everything.

So, when Trump does it, it is immoral and reminiscent of the Holocaust but when Obama did it, it was not fodder for popular outrage.


Not to be outdone,  Justin finally enters the fray and lets his fool mouth run off just as he did with the disastrous welcome mat tweet:

After two days of demands by critics that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau breaks his silence and condemn U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy of separating children from migrant families and detaining them in cages, he has finally done so.

In a scrum with reporters before heading into the last caucus meeting of the parliamentary session, Trudeau joined the growing chorus of international leaders who are speaking out against the administration’s actions.

Yes, about that, Justin:

In Canada, separating children from their parents is seen as a last resort as per the country’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

“It is affirmed as a principle that a minor child shall be detained only as a measure of last resort, taking into account the other applicable grounds and criteria including the best interests of the child,” the act reads.


But Canada has also detained migrant children — and in some cases, has restricted access to their asylum-seeking parents — despite its stated policy to do whatever possible to avoid it.

Last year, 151 minors were detained with their parents in Canadian immigration holding centres.

Eleven others were held in custody unaccompanied by an adult, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. The CBSA would not speculate on the circumstances surrounding why a minor was unaccompanied. 

Perhaps the US should keep a close eye on Canada's draconian policies and not the other way around:

Conservative Immigration shadow-critic Michelle Rempel introduced a motion last week calling on the federal government to “increase the ratio of highly persecuted LGBT refugees.”

Surprisingly, the Liberal government voted against the motion.


Canadians have been disturbed to hear about an ISIS fighter living freely in Toronto who has been bragging to the media about executing people.

And as pointed out by Andrew Scheer in Question Period, it’s even worse than that.

Not only did the ISIS fighter (who never should have been let back into Canada) brag about his crimes, it turns out that he is walking free even after being visited by Canadian government security authorities.



More on Justin's baffling hatred of the Yazidis and Iraqi Christians.

(Paws up)

In the mean time, Senator Ted Cruz has come up with a solution one can be sure will be panned:

The legislation follows comments Cruz made on Saturday that essentially called for more resources to adjudicate asylum claims. He also called for keeping immigrant kids with their parents as long as those adults are not associated with criminal activity.

"All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers," Cruz wrote in a release. "This must stop. Now. We can end this crisis by passing the legislation I am introducing this week."

The provisions of the legislation, according to the news release, include:
  • Doubling the number of federal immigration judges, from roughly 375 to 750.
  • Authorizing new temporary shelters with accommodations to keep families together.
  • Mandating that immigrant families be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to children.
  • Providing for expedited processing and review of asylum cases so that — within 14 days — those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum and those who do not will be immediately returned to their home countries.

It almost sounds sensible, hence the inevitable scrapping from the Democrats who see this immigration issue as primary-worthy.

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