Sophia’s Choice

In some detention centers, asylum seekers are being offered a deal. You can reunite with your kids if you sign a voluntary deportation order first. From The Texas Tribune: Kids in exchange for deportation.

+ “It is clear that a rollout that was months in the making seemingly didn’t include provisions for properly identifying and coordinating which children were removed from their families and how to reconnect them. It pains me to write these words, but it certainly seems that the administration truly had no intention of reunifying these families.” Dahlia Lithwick: The Government Had No Intention of Reuniting Separated Families. There’s also no plan to do so now.

+ NYT: “‘We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,’ Mr. Trump tweeted while on the way to his golf course in Virginia. ‘When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came.'” (Maybe we should adopt a similar model for cases involving collusion and obstruction of justice…)

+ “If our shared humanity isn’t enough to care, let’s examine the other reasons.” Why care about illegal immigrants?

+ Go deep on the immigration issue with the excellent Reveal podcast: Ripped apart: Families separated at the border.

+ The misinformation campaign against immigrants goes way back. Here’s an outtake from the NYT from last September: “Trump administration officials … rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost.”

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