Trump caved, even though incredibly 29% of the American people supported the program of taking kids from their parents according to a Quinnipiac Poll. The poll is fascinating in that 55% of Republicans approve it. That to me is shocking. Those most supporting this cruelty are non college educated white men over 50.
One person commented: “Two polls are out on Trump’s policy of separating families of illegal immigrants. Both show it is historically unpopular. @QuinnipiacPoll: 66% oppose – 27% supp (-39% margin)@ipsosus 56-27 (-29% margin). For context, these numbers are lower than any major bill in past 30 yrs.”
On Wednesday Trump announced he was changing his policy of separating children from their parents while sitting at a table surrounded by Republicans from Congress. I was amazes when Senator Lamar Alexander in reminding us of prior president’s actions noted: Nixon’s trip to China, Ronald Reagan’s to the Berlin Wall “in Moscow.” I hope that was just one of those elderly moments and he didn’t believe that.
Trump stated the immigration problem has been going on for forty or fifty years and he is finally fixing it. I have to scratch my head as one whose grandparents were immigrants to understand how immigration is a problem. We now have record low unemployment and a good economy and that has to be in part due to the immigrants who have come here, legally and illegally, over the past fifty years. The other day I heard a Trump supporter tell how Americans cannot get jobs because the “illegal immigrants” are taking them. I figured the guy was writing from Moscow or the former Petrograd because everyplace I go I’m seeing “Help Wanted” signs.
The separation of family’s first brought up by Trump’s chief of staff former Marine general John Kelly and firmly defended on Tuesday by his protegé Kirstjen Nielsen was always a Trump program. When I heard how it was put in effect as a deterrence the idea that no mother or father would want their kids taken from them so by taking their children we can stem the flow of people coming to America I thought of Jonathan Swift’s Modest Proposal for dealing with Irish babies.
Just recently we learned that there is a place where Trump sends the babies and toddlers his government steals. They are called Tender Care Shelters. It seems they are like homes for tiny orphans. I read that orphanages were eliminated back in the 1950s or 1960s. Ah, I said, that must be the time Trump thought America was great and he’s again instituting things from those days. Are the Mouseketeers still available?
In Trump’s cave, without admitting he was doing this. He blamed past administrations for putting this problem on his shoulder. I thought he ran for the office and got the job with Russia’s help.
He went on to say he was going to solve the problem by signing an executive order later on Wednesday forbidding the separation of families (something he said he couldn’t do the other day saying only Congress could solve the problem) . He also said he was forced into doing what he did by the Flores decision of the Supreme Court (more on that in another post) even though no previous president found that required him to do it.
It really boiled down to Trump’s hand being forced by the worldwide condemnation of his policy to take kids from parents. Sit back and imagine reading about another country doing this and tell me what you would think of it. Think how no other country has ever done this except perhaps Nazi Germany. Think how President Reagan said: “I believe that Americans in 1980 are every bit as committed to that vision of a shining “city on a hill,” as were those long ago settlers.”