Trump’s Katrina Moment

By Mallika Rao

Some years ago, I met via fellowship a group of journalists from countries where the fates of citizens hinge on choices out of Washington: Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan. The idea was to get to know one another and our worlds, and so one afternoon we heard from an expert on federalism. “Americans,” he told us, looking mostly at the foreigners, “don’t care about foreign policy. They care about domestic policy.” This idea seemed to jolt my peers, one of whom, from Kabul, asked me to explain. I found myself talking about the link between distance and imagination—how when you are far from something, a person, place, feeling, drone in the sky, bloodied body or crying child—you can feel okay about failing to do the basic work of imagining the reality of the people affected.

Imaginative power also explains the intensity of Americans’ reaction to what is happening on the border of their country right now. The thousand-plus children cut from the touch and presence of their parents since May of this year join a line of kids changed by American policy, under so many presidents. Only this tragedy has gears shifting: an op-ed by former First Lady Laura Bush and petitions from …read more

From:: The Atlantic


Radio Atlantic: The View from the Border

By Kevin Townsend

Social media is awash with images of undocumented migrants held in cages, sounds of children crying for their parents, and viral videos of a callous administration response. On Wednesday, President Trump caved to immense political pressure and signed an executive order meant to end family separation at the border. But what effect will it actually have?

Video producer Jeremy Raff has been in McAllen, Texas, attending “mass trials” of immigrants—many of whom have been separated from their children with no certainty on when, or if, they will be reunited. Raff shares what’s happening along the border, then staff writer Priscilla Alvarez joins to discuss what the news in Washington means for separated families.


“Purgatory at the Border” (Jeremy Raff, June 19, 2018)
“‘So What? Maybe It Is a Concentration Camp'” (Jeremy Raff, February 23, 2018)
“Extinguishing the Beacon of America” (Alex Wagner, June 15, 2018)
“Trump Says He Will End the Family Separations He Imposed” (David A. Graham, June 20, 2018)

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Melania Trump Plays the Role of Medieval Queen

By Sonja Drimmer

On June 17, First Lady Melania Trump issued a rare statement on current policy through her spokesperson. That statement lamented the separation of refugee children from their parents by the Department of Homeland Security and declared that America should be “a country that governs with heart.” And when, on Wednesday, her husband reversed his policy, White House aides rushed to credit her intervention. “From the start Mrs. Trump has been encouraging the president to do all he can to keep families together,” one official told The Washington Post.

For Melania to emerge from her customary position on the sidelines to play a critical role in reversing a major policy initiative might seem a perplexing event. But for a historian of the Middle Ages, it is part of an instantly recognizable pattern.

A near-constant in late medieval kingship was the use of the queen as intercessor. Women were conventionally ascribed softer hearts, and subjects were encouraged to appeal to the queen for mercy. The template for this role was the Virgin Mary—the paragon of intercession among medieval Christians—who was believed to sit, enthroned in heaven, at the side of her son Christ, able and willing to make appeals to him on …read more

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How Will Detained Children Find Their Parents?

By Priscilla Alvarez More than 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border in the five weeks since the Trump administration announced it was implementing a “zero tolerance” immigration policy—and it’s still not clear how, or when, those children might be reunited with their parents. On Wednesday, amid mounting pressure to […]

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The GOP’s ‘Utterly Dysfunctional’ Strategy of Babying Its Base

By Ronald Brownstein With his policy of systematically separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, Donald Trump finally extended his racially infused economic nationalism to a point that a critical mass of elected Republicans could not follow. But the fact that many Republicans drew the line only at a policy that experts have […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: A Sign of the Times

By Lena Felton -Written by Lena Felton (@lenakfelton) and Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) Today in 5 Lines President Trump signed an executive order he said would end his administration’s policy of separating families at the border, but it could face court challenges over portions that direct the Department of Homeland Security to hold families indefinitely. Republican […]

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Trump Says He Will End the Family Separations He Imposed

By David A. Graham Updated on June 20 at 3:29 p.m. Seeking to quell one of the most volatile political tempests of his stormy presidency, Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order he said was intended to end the separation of children from parents arrested illegally entering the United States by directing that youths […]

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Republicans Are Lost on Family Separation

By Elaina Plott In a press conference on Wednesday, the morning after President Donald Trump addressed House Republicans on immigration, Speaker Paul Ryan offered little clarity on the lower chamber’s path forward on family separations at the border. Members are scheduled to vote on two pieces of immigration reform on Thursday, a development sparked in […]

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Trumpism, Realized

By Adam Serwer At least 2,000 children have now been forcibly separated from their parents by the United States government. Their stories are wrenching. Antar Davidson, a former youth-care worker at an Arizona shelter, described to the Los Angeles Times children “huddled together, tears streaming down their faces,” because they believed that their parents were […]

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The Clinical Case for Keeping Families Together

By Charlie Baily In April, the Trump administration announced that anyone caught crossing into the United States illegally at the southwestern border would be referred for criminal prosecution. When adults are detained, their children are separated from them and sent into government custody or foster care. Since then, over 2,000 children have been separated from […]

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Enforce the Border—Humanely

By David Frum From Laura Bush to Rosalyn Carter, from elected representatives to past high government officials, outrage is the mood of the moment, perhaps more than at any time since the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election. The Trump administration’s border policies and his dehumanizing rhetoric about immigrants, whether illegal or not, have triggered […]


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