Trump's EO will create numerous "family" detention centers


Out of the fire and into the frying pan:

Trump's executive order directs the attorney general to promptly file a request with U.S. District Judge Dolly Gree in the Central District of California to modify the Flores Settlement and allow detained migrant families to be held together "throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings ... or other immigration proceedings."

The president directed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to maintain custody of detained families during criminal proceedings and as their asylum claims are adjudicated. Also, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and the heads of other agencies are ordered to find or construct facilities to house the detained families. Finally, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directed to prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families.

"Finding" such facilities won't be that difficult, considering all the big-box retail stores like Wal-Mart that were closed and virtually abandoned. No doubt many developers and banks holding the notes on these dinosaurs are rubbing their hands together in glee, anticipating that monthly lease payment. And of course these people will have to be fed, so there's a lot of money to be made there, too. And as for those 2,000+ children already caged up, this order does absolutely nothing for them:

"First, there are more than 2,000 children already separated from their parents; the executive order does nothing to address that nightmare," said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women's Refugee Commission. "Second, this executive order effectively creates family prisons, which we already know are a threat to the well-being of children."

"The president doesn't get any Brownie points for moving from a policy of locking up kids and families separately to a policy of locking them up together," said Karen Tumlin, director of legal strategy at the National Immigration Law Center. "Let's be clear: Trump is making a crisis of his own creation worse."

Of course he's making it worse. That's all he knows how to do. Every (single) time he tells his Twitter followers he's getting ready to take some action on a problem, especially if he says that pending action will be "great" or "beautiful" or whatever, you can bet his "solution" is going to be worse than said problem.



Cognitive Dissonance

I have always known what "cognitive dissonance" is, but I never truly understood it. Until now. I cannot wrap my head around what is accepted as "normal". I am emotionally unable to put detention centers for asylum seekers into my concept of The United States of America.

This is not okay. This is not normal.

I can't help but wonder

if our inability and/or lack of desire to close Guantanamo has contributed to this, to a certain degree.

And it also (kind of) reminds me of Larry Niven's Known Universe series, where they perfected the process of organ replacement to the point people could live to 300 or more. Initially, people convicted of Capital crimes like murder went to the organ banks. But there weren't enough "donors," so they started changing the laws to make more infractions qualify for a death sentence. And eventually, even jaywalking would send you to the organ banks.

Dystopian fiction, but normalizing cruelty is in our very nature, I'm afraid.

Dystopian, indeed

Steve your comment reminded me of "Never Let Me Go", by Kazuo Ishiguru. It's an extremely well written novel. The reader knows that something is happening - something that is shocking, appalling - but doesn't realize exactly what is happening until well into the last 3rd of the book. Life goes on normally as the horrors build.

And that describes how I feel about the state of our country right now.