Trump’s Voters Separated the Families. They’ll Never Apologize for Doing So.

Don’t ever forget–and don’t forget to teach your children and your grandchildren–that this atrocity occurred thanks to, and with the full and undisputed consent of, 62 million American voters:

In South Texas, pediatricians started sounding the alarm weeks ago as migrant shelters began filling up with younger children separated from their parents after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

The concerned pediatricians contacted Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and she flew to Texas and visited a shelter for migrant children in the Rio Grande Valley. There, she saw a young girl in tears. “She couldn’t have been more than 2 years old,” Kraft says. “Just crying and pounding and having a huge, huge temper tantrum. This child was just screaming, and nobody could help her. And we know why she was crying. She didn’t have her mother. She didn’t have her parent who could soothe her and take care of her.”

The number of migrant children in U.S. government custody is soaring — partly the result of a policy decision by the Trump administration to separate children from their parents who are being prosecuted for unlawful entry. Hundreds of the children being held in shelters are under age 13.

Medical professionals, members of Congress and religious leaders are calling on the Trump administration to stop separating migrant families. They question whether these shelter facilities are appropriate for younger children.

President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions say the administration is enforcing immigration law. But House Republicans plan to vote next week on a bill that they say would end the practice of separating children from their parents.

Pediatricians and immigrant advocates are warning that separating migrant children from their families can cause “toxic stress” that disrupts a child’s brain development and harms long-term health.

This is nothing short of psychological murder, the asphyxiation of the soul. How could a compassionate people allow this to happen? The question, of course, presupposes that those who voted for Trump regarded compassion as anything other than a form of political correctness.

11,351 children are being subjected to this horror. 11,351 children being held in internment camps–oops, sorry, “shelters”–for no reason other than the color of their skin and the country where they were born. This is sickness. This is madness. And thanks to those 62 million voters, this is America.

Why did Attorney General Jeff Sessions even bother reaching for Biblical quotes to defend the moral cancer that is this policy? He doesn’t have to convince Trump’s supporters about the supposed Biblical morality of this policy; after all, it comes from the Book of Donald, so by definition it is good and righteous. May the Church of Trump say amen!

I also can’t help wondering why Playboy reporter Brian Karem even bothered asking White House spokesflack Sarah Huckabee Sanders if she has any empathy for the families Trump’s voters have split apart. Come on, Brian, you already know damn well she doesn’t. If she had any empathy, she never would have joined the Trump team.

As we witness this horror, we must also condemn media entities who gullibly report that some members of Trump’s fan club disagree with this policy. An example of such gullibility comes from the Washington Post:

The policy has cracked Trump’s usually united conservative base, with a wide array of religious leaders and groups denouncing it. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention issued statements critical of the practice.

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who delivered a prayer at Trump’s inauguration, signed a letter calling the practice “horrible.” Pastor Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse, a vocal supporter of the president’s who has brushed aside past Trump controversies, called it “terrible” and “disgraceful.”

Rodriguez and Graham are obviously lying. They support this policy by virtue of their support of Trump. They signed on to the whole package. Their disavowals of the policy are all for show. Shame on the Post for not pointing that out.

The reality is that Trump’s “conservative base” is fully united behind this policy. They love this stuff. What rational and compassionate Americans view as ugly, they view as beautiful.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.