Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Crimes of Monster Trump: The Horror of Taking Children from Parents

Trump is literally a monster.  He conforms to this definition: "a person of unnatural or extreme ugliness, deformity, wickedness, or cruelty."  This fits him like a sock.  It also fits those around him: Stephen Miller, John Kelly, Kirstjen Nielsen, and others TNTC, as we in medicine say when looking at leukocytes in infected urine (too numerous to count.)

To my mind, the transgressions are so severe that we might need an American Nuremberg Trial, get those people in the docket, get their enablers there, too -- Tucker Carlson, how'd you like that? -- all the monster followers.  ICE agents need to be treated like the Brown Shirts; they can resign or they can follow their immoral orders.

Yes, this is "not normal."  Some abnormality can be tolerated, can be good, but a monster's abnormality needs to be excised.  There must be some accounting.  The midterm elections and how the Democrats choose to approach nationalizing this election, the skill they can bring to getting the Bill Kristol's and Jennifer Rubin's and Max Boot's - Republicans with a conscience - into their camp for this election, that will tell the tale.  If there is not a wholesale rebuke of Trump, there will be blood on the streets.

There is nothing so heinous as torturing a child.  Torturing children is now official state policy, as declared by another prospective docket resident, the elfin racist Jeff Sessions.  Here is a letter from a doctor who has seen some of these children torn away from their parents.

"Dr Kivela,
I live in Denver, CO. I'm approximately 2340km from the Mexican Border, but I grew up in Texas, and I speak Spanish fluently. Despite my distance, I have recently taken care of 3 toddlers, between ages 1-2, who were seized from their parents at the Border. All of the information I have on them, I obtained from their foster parents. While I have no way to independently verify what I was told, I also have no reasson to doubt the information that I was given.
All of the children I took care of were brought to the emergency department by their foster parents (foster mothers in all of these cases). As we discussed today, I suspect that you will find many of these such cases because foster parents are legally required to seek medical care for those in their charge prior to administering any kind of treatment. They are also required to get documentation of these visits, and in many cases, the children are brought to the ED for evaluation because of lack of a pediatrician.
The children I saw had similar stories. Two were from Guatemala. One was from Honduras, Two were boys; one was a girl. All had mild childhood illnesses: gastroenteritis and dehydration, upper respiratory infections, rashes, etc. Their foster parents, none of whom spoke Spanish, knew nothing about their medical histories, their allergies, or their immunization statuses. They knew only two things: 1) the children's parents (both mother and father in 2 cases; father in 1 case) were being detained by ICE and 2) they had no idea how long the child would be staying with them or if they would be in contact with the parents. These are children, who by the definition of our government, are in the safest, most stable possible situations. They are living with experienced, caring foster families, their illnesses were relatively minor, and they were receiving medical care.
While their bodies appeared relatively healthy, their behavior was so far from that of a "normal" toddler so as to be striking to both myself, as a pediatric emergency medicine physician, and to their foster parents. Children this age are rambunctious. They climb on everything, they put things in their mouth that they're not supposed to, they begin to explore the world away from their parents, they begin to seek and to find the limits of their world. These children, in all cases, clung so tightly, and so completely, to their foster mothers, both in the ED and at home, that they were literally unable to be put down. They didn't explore the world, they were terrified that their world would be broken for a second time. Their trauma, and the direct effect it was having on their development, was obvious. One foster mother told me that she couldn't figure out how to bathe the little girl properly. Since she would scream every time she tried to leave her or put her down, she couldn't safely get her into the bathtub. She knew the child would be calmer if she could get into the tub with her, but as a foster parent, she wasn't allowed to do so. Another told me, tearfully, "I'm just trying not to ruin his life. He screams every day for his pappa, and I don't even know where his pappa is."
In all cases, these were experienced foster families. They understood and had dealt with traumatized children in the past. This was not new territory for them. What they hadn't dealt with was the complete lack of a timeline or plan for reconciliation. They had no information on hearing dates/times for the parents; they had no contact information for the parents; they had no idea if/when visitation or contact would be allowed, and they didn't have access to a case worker who could obtain this information. These children, those lucky ones who "made it" into caring foster homes, were floating, unanchored to their past or their future. As a PEM physician, I was utterly useless, a bandaid for a gaping wound.
Tara Neubrand, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine"

When is "too much" too much for the American people?  If this isn't too much, what the hell is?

Budd Shenkin

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