WHAT KIND OF PERSON IS WILLING TO STAND BY AND LET THIS HAPPEN?

I just spent more time than was good for my soul getting to know some of them, and I'm ready to report back. Positions and responses below; please deploy as necessary & enjoy your #FathersDay

#KeepFamiliesTogether
1/ "THEIR PARENTS BROKE THE LAW"

A) Like most federal statutes, illegal entry has *never* been criminally enforced en masse
B) Also happening to lawful asylum seekers
C) So did Paul Manafort. For doing far worse *while out on bail*
D) You are a sociopath
2/ "WE DON'T LET OTHER KINDS OF LAWBREAKERS STAY WITH THEIR CHILDREN"

A) Our carceral state imprisons everyone as the unisized solution to everything from drug addiction to homicide.
B) That's not a *good* thing
C) There are alternatives to detention
D) You are a sociopath
3/ "OBAMA DID IT TOO"

A) No, he didn't
B) No, he didn't
C) No, he didn't
D) No, he didn't
E) No, he didn't
F) No, he didn't
G) No, he didn't
H) No, he didn't
I) No, he didn't
J) No, he didn't
K) No, he didn't
L) No, he didn't
M) No, he didn't
N) You are a sociopath
4/ "THE DEMOCRATS MADE THE LAW, TRUMP HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO ENFORCE IT"

A) what law?
B) how does it work?
C) Are you talking about Flores v. Reno, bc that's a court order to *keep families together*
D) Are you talking about the TVPRA, because that was Bush and also you're wrong
5/ "DEMOCRATS COULD STOP TRUMP WITH NEW LAW"

A) That's abuser logic
B) You support traumatizing children for life for political gain
C) Not 1 Congressional R will agree to sign off on a simple fix
D) Trump wants to blow up the entire immigration system
E) You are a sociopath
6/ "HEY, WE ALL REMEMBER THAT PICTURE OF ELIAN GONZALEZ IN A CLOSET WITH A GUN TO HIS HEAD DON'T WE? WASN"T THAT YOUR BOY BILL CLINTON?"

A) That was awful
B) But done in the name of *keeping a family together*
C) Bill Clinton was bad; Janet Reno was worse
D) You are a sociopath
7/ THE GOVERNMENT DOES OTHER THINGS THAT SEPARATE PEOPLE FROM THEIR CHILDREN

A) Those things are also bad
B) You are a sociopath
8/ JEFF SESSIONS IS CARRYING OUT GOD'S LAW

A) We don't live in a goddamn theocracy (yet)
B) Romans 13:1 also used by German Nazi-sympathizing Christians against Nazi-opposing Christians
C) Also used by slaveowners
D) Rest of Romans 13 not so good for you
E) You are a sociopath
9/ "WE HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS OF OUR OWN"
A) We sure do!
B) #MAGA is making every 1 of them worse
D) They're fleeing for their lives
E) US has moral debt to #CentralAmerica after 150 yrs of interference
F) Turns out we can aid refugee kids *and* homeless vets
F) You are a sociopath
10/ "THEY SHOULD HAVE COME THE RIGHT WAY"
A) Tell me more, how does that work
B) Very cool, you're wrong
C) No, for real: learn how our system works
D) THERE IS NO LINE
E) What would you do if you had to choose btw watching your kids die & crossing a border
F) You are a sociopath
11/ "BAHAHA!1!! TRIGGERED MUCH, SNOWFLAKE?"
A) Knowing that 2,000 children were permanently traumatized & legally orphaned with my tax dollars in the past 6 weeks? Yeah. I'm upse
B) Also angry
C) Don't *ever* mistake kindness for weakness
D) You are the *worst* kind of sociopath
*E) You are a sociopath
*G) Trump ended the one program that would have allowed some of these kids to come legally
12/ "100% OF PARENTS WHO STAY IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES GET TO STAY WITH THEIR KIDS"

A) Might want to check your math there
B) El Salvador & Honduras trade off each year as world's murder capitals
C) Being murdered separates parents from kids
D) You are a sociopath
13/ "WHY DON'T THEY CLAIM ASYLUM IN MEXICO"

A) Mexico not legally a "safe third country" for asylum purposes
B) Same gangs operate with impunity there, easy to find anyone they want
C) Mexican asylum system overloaded rn
D) #CentralAmerican problems on US
E) You are a sociopath
14/ "WHY DON'T THEY STAY AND FIX THEIR OWN COUNTRIES"

A) You are a sociopath

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Not seeing much out there on this piece right now, so here's what you need to know:
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But ICE was still bad when the President was better.

Its purpose is bad.

Its mandate is bad.

Its unaccountability is bad.

Okay, so any questions on that

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