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May 11 - John Kelly Offers a Bigoted Defense of Breaking Up Immigrant Families


 


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May 11 - John Kelly Offers a Bigoted Defense of Breaking Up Immigrant Families
 

 

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Thursday defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement of a "zero tolerance" policy for unauthorized border crossings in the United States, a program that will involve splitting up families as the Justice Department removes immigrant children from their parents.

The defenses of this policy inevitably neglect the fact that, even if you have no sympathy for parents, splitting up vulnerable immigrant families imposes immense trauma and costs on the children, who have often done nothing wrong.

But when Kelly defended the policy in an interview with NPR, his explanation didn't simply rely on the usual rote rhetoric of "law and order" and "securing the border." Instead, he denigrated the people who cross the border, their skills, and their ability to adapt:

Let me step back and tell you that the vast majority of the people that move illegally into United States are not bad people. They're not criminals. They're not MS13. ... But they're also not people that would easily a*similate into the United States into our modern society. They're overwhelmingly rural people. In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don't speak English; obviously that's a big thing. ... They don't integrate well; they don't have skills. They're not bad people. They're coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws. ... The big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States, and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long.

As former Director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub pointed out, "The irony is how much this echoes the bigoted response to Kelly's Irish ancestors when they came here."

Immigrants are consistently looked down upon for supposedly being uneducated, unskilled, unable to learn English, or unwilling to integrate and become a part of the American society. But as the last century and a half has shown, a wide range of foreign cultures and peoples have found a way to make the United States their home, and each new wave of immigrants proves the bigots wrong. Kelly's use of prejudiced stereotypes to justify a horrifying policy of splitting up families is yet another troubling sign of the times we live in.



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6 comments for "May 11 - John Kelly Offers a Bigoted Defense of Breaking Up Immigrant Families"

 10 months ago '10        #2
MrTripleDouble 
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Dat hubris

 10 months ago '12        #3
Kwestluv91 240 heat pts240
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its not a difficult concept to understand....

come here legally

 10 months ago '06        #4
FullTimeHustla 72 heat pts72
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We are a nation of laws. Come here legally

In mexico if you overstay you stay in jail until you can pay a tax to go back home

 10 months ago '04        #5
kaLYptiC 2 heat pts
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what does this situation cover? like do they mean they are splitting children who are born here, and thus legal citizens, from their parents who are illegal immigrants?

i'm thinking that's got to be it, otherwise why would an entirely illegal family be split apart like that?

in any case - i understand immigrating legally, but i dont understand splitting apart families - like how many of these specific situations(child legal, parent illegal) even exist? enough to put a dent in your pocket? like reeeeeally is this baby who was born here being split from its parent helping you out in some way?

 10 months ago '16        #6
foshoVoodoo 248 heat pts248
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Genocide by scavaging

 10 months ago '17        #7
lucifershammer 17 heat pts17
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the nazis did this

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