Thursday, June 21, 2018

When evil curdles your gut, you can do something

Children caught up in the Trump/Sessions/Nielsen border dragnet are turning up around the country. Media are investigating the scope and horror of the program. Ordinary citizens are looking for ways to denounce and impede this cruelty.
  • A flight attendant explains in the Houston Chronicle: "I will not be complicit." She's not alone. Airline workers protest being made part of this atrocity.
  • The Detroit Free Press reports "8-month-old baby lands in Michigan." Another of the children shipped in with that group was 11 months old.
  • The New York Daily News has looked into which entities and individuals in New York are making a good business out of child detentions.

    Housing the migrant children who arrive in America unaccompanied and those who have been separated from their parents at the border is a big business -- one that now costs taxpayers more than $1 billion a year.

    ...The charities and church groups whose duties include running the Unaccompanied Alien Child Program in New York State have seen their revenue double, from $73.9 million in fiscal 2015 to $154.2 million this year.

    Some of the executives at these charities take home hefty six-figure salaries, a review of tax records shows.

    For instance, Jeremy Cohomban, CEO of Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, Westchester County, received $568,999 in salary and other compensation, according the group’s 2016 tax forms. The group’s contracts under the Unaccompanied Alien Child Program rose from $16.6 million in fiscal 2015 to $19.4 million this fiscal year. ...

Most of us can find something to do to demonstrate where we stand on ripping children from parents already so desperate they sought asylum in this unwelcoming country. Your blogger along with E.P. is off to the border this weekend with our friends from Faith in Action.

You can find protests planned around the country for June 30 at this link.

2 comments:

Brandon said...

Somewhat off-topic: I found this while browsing online this morning. Might this fly under the radar?

janinsanfran said...

They certainly hope combining the Dept of Labor (that is, trashing labor law enforcement) and the Dept of Housing will pass under the radar. They will discover, as so often, this is hard to do. But they are determined to destroy the positive functions of government where they exist. And we'd be far worse off without government, as so many people currently doubt.

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