President Trump believes that "some don't belong in America."  However Paul writes that "some, unknown to themselves, entertained angels" (Hebrews 13:1).  Mrs. Trump (an immigrant and fashion icon wearing a $39 jacket) has forsworn that her mission as "first-lady" is to grant children "self-actualization," while her husband separates asylum-seeking Latina mothers/parents from their minor children, and placing both in separate Concentration Camps, because these Latino/a undocumented are "infesting America"--reminiscent of Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels' The Eternal Jew.  Jews were vermin infesting the Aryan societies of Europe; Fascist history echoes: asylum-seeking Hispanics have evolved in 21st-century-America--much like they did with the passengers of the SS St. Louis, where White Christian evangelicals claim "There is neither Jew or Greek; slave nor freeman, for you are all one person in union with Christ" (Galatians 3:28) into untouchables.

But quiet as it's kept, it was a letter from Charles Koch (concerned with tariffs and averse propaganda) [NPR] pulling Trump up-short making him sign the Executive Order ending Congressional condemnation on the separation of asylum-seeker mothers from children [On The Media 6/24].

News Brief: President Trump's Immigration Approach


Trump's ramped up rhetoric occurs as agencies scramble to implement his executive order. The focus on immigration may be diverting resources from addressing Trump's core concerns about drug smuggling.

President Trump popularity rose with his base (the only Americans he cares about) because they perceive "he speaks as political angle of light," but Paul states, "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but do not have love, I have become a sounding piece of brass or a clashing cymbal.  And if I have the gift of prophesying and am acquainted with all the sacred secrets and all knowledge, and if I have all the faith so as to transplant mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.... (1 Corinthians 13).  Trump has proposed that asylum-seekers not be allowed due-process [ATC 6/24], which is against the Constitution, which he has sworn to uphold, and is seeking to intern undocumented-Hispanics as the Japanese-American citizens were during WWII.


Blond/blonde and/or fair skinned infants and toddlers are in danger of being permanently "lost-in-the-system," as during the Argentina Dirty-Wars when the Fascist government stole the new-born from jailed pregnant agitators/inmates, murdered/executed both parents and gave infants to loyalist to be raised as their own, so that desperate White US couples will be able to adopt these children and raise them as their own without questions.

Why International Adoption Cases In The U.S. Have Plummeted


Between the 1950s and mid-2000s international adoptions in the U.S. climbed. But after 2004, there was a sudden drop off. We explore the history of American families adopting children from abroad.

Call A 1-800 Number And Wait: Migrant Parents Search For Their Children


A Department of Homeland Security bus pulled up outside Annunciation House, a shelter for migrants and refugees in El Paso, Texas on Sunday. Parents filed off and walked into the shelter, some exposing their GPS ankle monitors.

Mallory Falk/KRWG

The U.S. says it has reunited more than 500 migrant children that the government separated from their parents. That means there are about 2,000 children to go. Officials say they have a plan, though parents and their advocates tell a different story.

On Sunday, a Department of Homeland Security bus pulled up outside Annunciation House, a shelter for migrants and refugees in El Paso, Texas. Parents filed off and walked into the shelter. Some wore their pant legs rolled up, exposing GPS ankle monitors.

The parents - about 30 in total - did not speak with the media. Many were released from the county jail, after criminal charges against them for illegal entry were withdrawn. They're ready to reunite with their children, but it's not clear how that's going to happen.

Ruben Garcia, the executive director of Annunciation House, said he asked if the parents "were going to be provided with any specific information on how they go about recuperating their children" and was told "that the only thing that they're going to be provided is the 1-800 number," he says.

Right now, the government is telling parents in search of their children to dial an 800 number. But Taylor Levy, the legal coordinator at the shelter, says in her experience, parents don't get information right away.

"They take information from you and they say 'you can call back when we have more information,'" she says. "It's gonna be four to five days, is what we're hearing right now."

The government says it now has a process for reunifying families and that is has reunited more than 500 children with their parents. But those were children in Customs and Border Protection custody. They hadn't yet been sent to far-away shelters. And that still leaves hundreds of parents with little information about their children.

"When you get arrested for example by border patrol, they give you a receipt with everything they took from you," Levy says. "It'll say your rosary, your ID, your $2.50. Everything listed on it. And you sign it, and there's copies and there's receipts. And the parents are given nothing like that for their children when their children are taken from them. But at this point, we don't have any great news about this process being better now."

That's part of why protests continue along the border, including about 30 miles outside El Paso, in Tornillo, Texas, where hundreds of migrant children are housed in a temporary facility. Julian Castro, the former secretary of housing and urban development, spoke at a rally on Sunday.

"We need to verify that these children are being reunited with their parents," Castro told the large crowd. "Keep raising your voice, keep pushing, keep putting pressure on this administration until we see that every single young child that is crying out for their mother or father is reunited with them."

The government says it knows where all of those children are housed but hasn't provided a timeline for reunification.


"A Prophet I shall raise up for them from the midst of their brothers... and I shall indeed put my words in his mouth.... (Deuteronomy 18:18-22).  For me, writers are prophets, one such is Aimee Breaux.

Aimee Breaux's "MLK-50: Educators Share Their Memories of King's Death" (Iowa City Press-Citizen 4/4/18) explores how Reverend Martin Luther King's death and the Civil Rights Movement helped shape educators and how they approach teaching.  James, in his prophetic letter declares: "Not many of you should become teachers my brothers, knowing that we shall receive heavier judgment...." (James 3).

Breaux's piece led me to re-accessing MLK's Letter From Birmingham Jail (1963) and relating it to the Black Church.  The Black Church is an umbrella term for the philosophy that all African American congregations are based.  Hence, [Black preachers] straighten up the hands that hang down and the enfeebled knees.  And keep making straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather that it may be healed.... (Hebrews 12:12).

My argument with the Black Church since the assassination of King, talks too much about Jesus--but is not doing Jesus' work.  The work of Jesus requires tough love and a reevaluation of women's place in Black history and in the religious and secular education of children and young men.

J.D. Greear Elected President Of Southern Baptist Convention


Rachel Martin talks to pastor J.D. Greear, the megachurch leader assumes his role at the same time Southern Baptists grapple with the #MeToo movement and navigate their identity in politics.

In Letter From Birmingham Jail, MLK criticized the modern church: "There was a time when the church was very powerful--in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worth to suffer for what they believed.  In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.  Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being "disturbers of the peace" and "outside agitator."  But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were "a colony of heaven," called to obey God rather than man.  Small in number, they were big in commitment.  They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated."  By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests.

Things are different now.  So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound.  So often it is an arch-defender of the status quo.  Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent--and often even vocal--sanction of things as they are.

But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before.  If today's [Black] church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century.  Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust."

The Black Church must stop inadvertently doing the work of Neo-Nazis/White Supremacist in its need to suppress women.  Kathleen Belew (Bring the War Home) posits, "White power activists codified their ideas about gender in the middle of a nationally charged debate about the place of women in American society.  The women's movements of the 1960s and 1970s had put forward radical claims for equality in the home and workplace, reproductive rights, and freedom from sexual violence.  The equal rights Amendment (ERA), passed by Congress in 1972, failed to receive ratification by the states in no small part because of its purported threat of drafting women into military service and emasculating [White] men, and by the early 1980s, its ratification seemed increasingly unlikely in the face of an ascendant conservative movement.  The 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision had legalized abortion but had also inflamed a debate about that issue that would prove enormously generative for social conservatives and a rising tide of evangelical voters."

MLK's work is/was incomplete without the work of Coretta Scott King who took over the Memphis Garbage Men's Strike, and the Poor Peoples' March, but is never given credit.  Women sustained MLK's dream when the men gave up.  Peter denied Christ, but the women kept vigilance all night.

Politics In The News: President Trump's Immigration Stance


Trump's immigration approach hasn't always been popular with Republican Party leaders, but it seems to have voters' support. Rachel Martin talks to Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at National Review.

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters said members of the Trump administration should expect continued harassment at restaurants and in public if they keep defending his "zero tolerance" immigration policy that led to thousands of migrant children being detained away from their parents.

The California Democrat spoke Saturday at a rally in Los Angeles and later on MSNBC about how the American people will continue to personally target President Trump's immigration policy defenders in public spaces. In the past two weeks, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant, and senior adviser Stephen Miller and Homeland Security Secretary Kirst... at restaurants and even at Nielsen's home

Waters told MSNBC Saturday that members of Trump's Cabinet should not be able to cry foul or play the victim, given their targeting of migrant families.

Representative Maxine Waters speaks at a Los Angeles rally Saturday, telling Trump administration members they deserve to be harassed in public because migrant children have been separated from their parents. Screenshot: YouTube

Separation Of Families Sparks New Debate Over Immigration Policy


Rachel Martin talks to Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border, about what he has seen there, and what he wants Congress to do about immigration policy.

Looking At The Week Ahead In The News

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on immigration alongside family members affected by crime committed by undocumented immigrants, at the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Friday, June 22, 2018, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on immigration alongside family members affected by crime committed by undocumented immigrants, at the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Friday, June 22, 2018, in Washington. (Evan Vucci/AP)

With John Harwood

Top reporters open their notebooks and share what they’re watching for in the week ahead.


Nancy Cordes, chief congressional correspondent for CBS News. (@nancycordes)

Brendan Miniter, vice president and Editorial Page Editor for the Dallas Morning News. (@brendanminiter)

Eliana Johnson, White House reporter for Politico. (@elianayjohnson)

From The Reading List:

New York Times: "Trump Calls for Depriving Immigrants Who Illegally Cross Border of ..." — "President Trump unleashed an aggressive attack Sunday on unauthorized immigrants and the judicial system that handles them, saying that those who cross into the United States illegally should be sent back immediately without due process or an appearance before a judge.

'We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,' Mr. Trump tweeted while on the way to his golf course in Virginia. 'When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came.'

It was another twist in a head-spinning series of developments on immigration since the administration announced a 'zero tolerance' policy two months ago, leading to the separation of children from parents who cross the border illegally and an outcry from Democrats and many Republicans."

Politico: "Mueller seeks to bar Manafort from tying charges to Trump campaign ..." — "Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is seeking to prevent the defense for Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, from arguing to jurors that he was targeted for prosecution because of his role in Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

In a court filing on Friday, prosecutors asked a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, to bar any selective prosecution claims during Manafort’s looming trial on tax evasion, bank fraud and other charges.

'Manafort should … be precluded from arguing that he has been singled out for prosecution because of his position in the campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump, or otherwise asserting that he has been selectively prosecuted by the Special Counsel’s Office,' Mueller’s team wrote."

The Washington Post: "The owner of the Red Hen explains why she asked Sarah Huckabee Sand..." — "She knew Lexington, population 7,000, had voted overwhelmingly against Trump in a county that voted overwhelmingly for him. She knew the community was deeply divided over such issues as Confederate flags. She knew, she said, that her restaurant and its half-dozen servers and cooks had managed to stay in business for 10 years by keeping politics off the menu.

And she knew — she believed — that Sarah Huckabee Sanders worked in the service of an 'inhumane and unethical' administration. That she publicly defended the president’s cruelest policies, and that that could not stand.

'I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,' Wilkinson said. 'I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.'”

The crisis at the border over immigrant children separated from their parents is not over – not by a long shot. Neither is President Trump’s brewing trade war with Canada, Europe and China. While those controversies rage, here’s a new one: after the White House press secretary gets kicked out of a restaurant, are we heading toward guerrilla harassment campaigns targeting political opponents?

This hour, On Point: Reporters from Washington to Texas survey the week ahead.

- John Harwood 

This program aired on June 25, 2018.

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Comment by mary gravitt on June 25, 2018 at 2:26pm

You have to understand that maintaining your freedom is your job.  If you are willing to sit by and see President Trump destroy what has taken the US to build since 1776, then you are to blame.  Trump has shown that he does not desire to be President of all the people, but only to a few see racism and sexism as more important than "one nation under God," and that America will be transported back to 1950s racialized America, you are giving up the land that is closer to heaven than most of US will ever get.

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