'Congress and the Courts Created This Problem,' Lies Woman Who Helped Create Family Separation Crisis

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Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

If you didn’t punch your TV screen today, please pat yourself on the back!

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • After hours of delay, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen took over for Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on today’s lying expedition, smirking horribly and engaging with a torturous game of semantics to simultaneously justify and punt responsibility for the administration’s policy of separating families at the border. This, Nielson insists, is not actually a policy, or not a new policy, or not a bad policy, depending on the question at hand. “Congress and the courts created this problem and Congress alone can fix it,” she lied. “The children are not being used as a pawn and we’re trying to protect the children which is why I’m asking Congress to act,” she lied. “The voices most loudly criticizing the enforcement of our current laws are those whose policies created this crisis and whose policies perpetrate it,” she lied.
  • All living former First Ladies have condemned the Trump administration’s border policy. [NBC]
  • A Texas immigration officer is being charged with “super aggravated assault” of the four-year-old daughter of an undocumented immigrant, who he was allegedly blackmailing with a deportation threat. [NBC]
  • Oh, another thing about Sec. Nielson...
  • “Border Patrol confiscates all personal items from everyone. They take hairbands, they take shoelaces, they take belts, they take money, they take wedding rings, they take all personal items. They took the shoelaces from the children.” [Washington Post]
  • The Trump Justice Dept. is asking the Supreme Court to let them punish cities that don’t cooperate with ICE. [Politico]
  • Ted Cruz (???) is introducing legislation to “keep illegal immigrant families together.” Beto getting in your head, buddy? [Twitter]
  • And the president has been straight up tweeting Nazi shit, as you can see below.
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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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DISCUSSION

Last post of this kind, today, I promise.

My main focus today has been counteracting my own despair through action.

Can we focus as much on the advocates as we do the bad actors? Let us find them; seek their advice; pass on their counsel. We are in dire need of positive examples, role models, and viable courses of action.

This is a critical moment. Think 1939 Germany.

We cannot afford to succumb to cynicism or despair.

The constant unspooling of traumatic news without any counterbalance of positive action can engender ‘learned helplessness’ and its attendant despair. Paradoxically, it fosters inaction and a sense of impotence — and that only empowers this administration, further.

We cannot give them the satisfaction.

In this post, there are dozens of resources. Taking any action will lead to empowerment, dedication and a sharper focus. I’ll try to find examples of activists and their successes; it is time to focus on the good, the strong, the tireless advocates. We need some sustenance.

The migrant children undergoing wrenching trauma in detention centers are the proverbial canaries testing our mettle. If we allow this to continue, the country cannot but succumb to totalitarianism. They are in desperate need of our action and our will.

Now is not the time to succumb to cynicism. Now is not the time to give up.

We can and we shall overcome. No nos queda otra.

There is no other option.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead.