Wingnuts have howled ‘family values’ for 40 years, but the God-King clearly doesn’t value all families…. (More)
For this year’s Super Bowl, 84 Lumber created a brilliant ad that Fox forced them to cut because Fox executives deemed it “too political.” Ironically, that drove even more traffic to 84 Lumber’s website. Here’s the full ad:
It’s a beautiful story of courage and family that moved me and countless others to tears … and conservatives to outrage.
Apparently the God-King read their tweets, or at least shares their ice-hearted paranoia, Reuters reports:
Women and children crossing together illegally into the United States could be separated by U.S. authorities under a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security, according to three government officials.
Part of the reason for the proposal is to deter mothers from migrating to the United States with their children, said the officials, who have been briefed on the proposal.
The policy shift would allow the government to keep parents in custody while they contest deportation or wait for asylum hearings. Children would be put into protective custody with the Department of Health and Human Services, in the “least restrictive setting” until they can be taken into the care of a U.S. relative or state-sponsored guardian.
Currently, families contesting deportation or applying for asylum are generally released from detention quickly and allowed to remain in the United States until their cases are resolved. A federal appeals court ruling bars prolonged child detention.
President Donald Trump has called for ending “catch and release,” in which migrants who cross illegally are freed to live in the United States while awaiting legal proceedings.
Of course the phrase “catch and release” implies that immigrants are like fish, that is, not fully human.
Thing is, Republicans have been howling about ‘family values’ for 40 years. But by that they merely mean a ‘family’ must consist of exactly one adult male and one adult female, who must be married, plus their children. Single parents and LGBT couples aren’t ‘real families.’
In the Washington Monthly’s Nancy LeTourneau writes, it’s “simply deplorable.”
You should read the entire Reuters story, which details the implications for the children and the social service agencies who will need to provide care. The proposed policy would be downright cruel for immigrant families.
Cruel, but not surprising. Conservatives’ talk about ‘family values’ has never been about valuing families….
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Good day and good nuts