Day after day all we heard from Trump, from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and from Trump’s policy adviser Sean Hannity is that the administration’s highly controversial policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents could only be fixed by Congress. Let me say it another way, Trump claims he was just enforcing the law, a law that didn’t exist, with actions he alone created. Don’t believe me, or maybe you selective hearing Deplorables have forgotten. Let me refresh your memory;
Trump: “So what I’m asking Congress to do is to give us a third option, which we have been requesting since last year — the legal authority to detain and promptly remove families together as a unit. We have to be able to do this. This is the only solution to the border crisis. We have to stop child smuggling. This is the way to do it.”
Sessions: “What we want is a safe, lawful system of immigration that would end this question altogether. We want to build a wall to prevent illegal entry. Congress could make that happen quickly — and they should.”
Nielsen: “Until these loopholes are closed by Congress, it is not possible, as a matter of law, to detain and remove whole family units who arrive illegally in the United States. Congress and the courts created this problem, and Congress alone can fix it. Until then, we will enforce every law we have on the books to defend the sovereignty and security of the United States.”
Sanders: “There’s only one body here that gets to create legislation and it’s Congress. Our job is to enforce it, and we would like to see Congress fix it. That’s why the President has repeatedly called on them to work with him to do just that.”
Hannity: “No one likes the idea of separating any child from any parent, but this issue has been in the hands of Congress. And right now, the whole issue can be fixed. Every law can be changed, and if they did their job, it would happen.”
So what have Trump, Sessions, Nielsen, Sanders and Hannity been doing for the last week as 2,500 children were torn away from their families? Let’s all say it together
You know it, I know it but do you know who refuses to acknowledge it? The Republican White Party.
Trump went to Duluth, Minnesota last night to stand before, as he claims “9,000 people, and at least 10,000 who could not get in” Republican white people and as he has done in the past at these ego rallies he spent the time belittling others and telling the Republican white people of Duluth how great he is. And guess what, the Republican white people yelled and screamed and fawned all over him despite having just been caught in a lie, a big lie because they don’t give a shit about brown people. They don’t give a shit about anyone except American, Christian, conservative white people. This is officially the party of Trump, this is The Republican White Party.
Trump thinks and The Republican White Party believe that with a stroke of a pen yesterday Trump saved the day by solving a problem he created. Let me say that again, Trump solved a problem that HE created. But here is what going to happen over the coming days and weeks, stories. Stories of abuse. Stories of anguish and despair. Stories of children who will never be reunited with their families. Stories about brown people who The Republican White Party will simply ignore.
Trump and The Republican White Party think they are winning but history is against them, the future is against them and I am against them and I will continue to resist as long as the The Republican White Party exist.