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Head of ICE Responds with Long Pause When CNN's Wolf Blitzer Presses Him on 'Inhumane' Family Separation Policy

June 19, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“The children are being punished,” Blitzer said.


In a short but revealing interview, head of ICE Thomas Homan on Tuesday appeared to express discomfort with President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

When CNN's Wolf Blitzer repeatedly pressed him on whether the policy is “humane,” Homan responded with a long pause and broke eye contact with the host. Even then, he refused to answer the question — which is really all the answer any viewer should need.

Homan kept trying to redirect the conversation back to people who send their children to the United States through smuggling organizations. But he neglected to mention the fact that many of the people do this because they fear that if they don't, their children will be killed. And the people at the center of the family separation policy are another group of immigrants entirely — those who came to the United States along with their children.

“We appreciate the men and women of ICE,” Blitzer said. “it hurts me, and it hurt so many people who are involved with ICE, to be forced, to punish children for what their parents may be doing.”

“We're not punishing children,” Homan said.

“The children are being punished!” Blitzer replied.

Homan insisted that the parents are to be blamed.

“But the ICE personnel have to deal with that, and it clearly looks so humane,” Blitzer said.

Homan dug his feet in, echoing the words of many who have excused unacceptable actions with appeals to their positions: “That's our job,” he said.

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Watch Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Claim Republicans Plan to Fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein This Friday

June 19, 2018 in Blogs

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

Lee made the statement after interrupting a line of questioning from Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.


Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said during a Tuesday congressional hearing that Republicans plan to remove Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein this Friday.

Lee interrupted Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during a hearing about the U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General’s report on FBI bias during the 2016 campaign when she dropped the surprising information.

“Is it not appropriate to ask the question as to what is the germaneness of the gentleman’s line of questioning and whether or not we’re dealing with the report or we’re dealing with the Republicans’ attempt to undermine [the Russia investigation] and to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, which you are planning to do on Friday?” Lee asked.

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Trump Administration Withdraws from UN Human Rights Council As Human Rights Advocates Decry Family Separation Policy

June 19, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Nikki Haley slammed member nations for hypocrisy, even as Trump's policies shock the world.


U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley attacked the body's Human Rights Council as she announced American withdrawal from the group on Tuesday, a move remarkable for its timing as critics across the world denounce the administration's policy of separating immigrants families.

Republicans have long criticized the council and called for American withdrawal given its critical stances toward Israel. Haley noted in her speech announcing the withdrawal that many member nations on the council, including Russia, China, Cuba, and Egypt, abuse human rights.

“I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments,” she said in a statement. “On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.”

The council, she said, is “an organization that is not worthy of its name.”

But Haley's ostensibly moral stand is almost perfectly choreographed to highlight the administration at the height of hypocrisy.

Just the day before, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has openly criticized the administration's policy of separating immigrant kids and parents, referring to statements that call it “child abuse.”

It's also notable that while Haley tries to claim the moral high ground by condemning other nations that violate human rights, Trump's recent stance towards human rights abusers like China, Russia, and North Korea has been unbelievably friendly compared to past presidents. This diminishes any attempt from Americans to defend a principled position on the matter.

And, of course, the White House has been consistent in its complete disregard for Israel's violations. After Israeli border guards slaughtered dozens and injured thousands during a protest, the White House explicitly exonerated Israel and said Hamas was solely to blame for the violence. The White House has also been entirely unwilling to criticize Israel's settlements on Palestinian land, which the U.N. has deemed illegal. 

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MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Explains Why Trump's Family Separation Crisis Is His Own Self-Induced 'Hurricane Katrina'

June 19, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“It's time to draw the obvious parallel to what this moment may represent for this White House.”


MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace argued Tuesday that President Donald Trump's conscience-defying policy of separating immigrant kids from their parents at the border has several important similarities to some of the worst days in President George W. Bush's administration.

“With the president firmly dug in on a policy of forcibly separating children from their parents at the border, it's time to draw the obvious parallel to what this moment may represent for this White House,” Wallace said. “Having served on the White House staff during Hurricane Katrina and its tragic aftermath, there are clear parallels to the situation the Trump administration finds itself in now — minus the natural disaster and the president eager to right the ship.”

Katrina, which hit New Orleans in 2005 and killed more than 1,800 people, is seen as one of the lowest points of Bush's presidency and a paradigmatic example of presidential failure. Wallace was a communications staffer for Bush.

“What the two crises share: inescapable images that capture the nation's attention and overshadow other news; a slow response from the federal government; a deficient message and deficient messengers; a perception that racial discrimination is at play; and, most importantly, no end in sight,” Wallace said.

She added: “All suggesting that for Trump, this crisis will be more than just another stain on an administration tinged by incompetence. For Trump, this crisis may be defining.”

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Modern Family Co-Creator Announces He'll Dump Fox Because of News Network's Embrace of Trump 'Lies'

June 19, 2018 in Blogs

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

Within the last week, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane also said he was “embarrassed” to work for Fox.


Steve Levitan, co-creator and co-showrunner of Modern Family, plans to cut all ties with 20th Century Fox TV because of its relationship to Fox News.

“Let me officially join @SethMacFarlane in saying I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews. This bullshit is the opposite of what #ModernFamily stands for,” Levitan wrote on Twitter.

“I have great respect and admiration for Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Peter Rice and everyone at 20th Century Fox TV studio who have all treated me so well for almost two decades,” Levitan followed up in a statement. “For now, I will take some time to see where these people land, and at that point I will make a decision about my future.”

The move is a concerning one as other major media players have signaled dissatisfaction with working for companies who have parent organizations affiliated with Fox News.

Within the last week, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane said he was “embarrassed” to work for Fox and Judd Apatow “urged Fox showrunners and talent to call out Fox News’s coverage of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.”

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