BREAKING -- "We need to take away children." A damning internal investigation concludes that top Justice Dept. officials were "a driving force" behind 's family separation policy. My new report, with
NEW: “We need to take away children,” AG Sessions told prosecutors, according to a draft DOJ IG report. That statement contradicts Sessions’ previous claim that “we never really intended” to separate children. w/
“We have now heard of us taking breastfeeding defendant moms away from their infants,” one government prosecutor wrote to his superiors. “I did not believe this until I looked at the duty log.”
Rod J. Rosenstein went even further...telling the five prosecutors that it did not matter how young the children were. He said that government lawyers should not have refused to prosecute two cases simply because the children were barely more than infants.
In case there's even a little bit of doubt that Rod Rosenstein should live the rest of his life in disgrace
Breaking News: “We need to take away children.” Jeff Sessions and top Justice Department officials pushed hard for migrant family separations in 2018, a watchdog found.
everyone responsible for this needs to be brought before congress and the american people and forced to answer for what they did
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ even infants, the Justice Department ordered privately in organizing its policy of family separation. In other words, cruelty was the point.
“We have now heard of us taking breastfeeding defendant moms away from their infants,” one government prosecutor wrote to his superiors. “I did not believe this until I looked at the duty log.”
It’s important to see this clearly: this story describes crimes against humanity committed by white supremacists operating at the highest level of the US government. The fact that they’re people friendly with denizens of the DC bubble doesn’t change that.
The breaktaking hypocrisy... a "pro-family" party that separates babies from mothers. A "pro-life" party that is unbothered by the deaths of more than 200,000 Americans. "Christians."
There must be accountability for this. Sessions. And Rod Rosenstein, who told prosecutors, “it did not matter how young the children were.” A deliberate and cold-blooded mass human rights violation.
I can't stop thinking about how abruptly separating a breastfeeding baby from her mother is literal torture, both physical and psychological, for both of them
Please do more than scan the headline. Read and share! This is something with which we ALL must grapple.
This cannot cannot get buried in the news cycle via ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
You already knew that all these people were just as bad as you thought. But praise be to the NYT for getting the receipts.
This horrible episode has fallen out of the headlines. It deserves to be back in them.
I saw the cages of boys and girls ripped from their families. Mamas whose children were taken while they slept. Weeping women who said they could still hear babies cry at night. This report only begins to capture the administration’s systematic cruelty.
Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein should never live this down. An ugly, vindictive, cruel abuse of prosecutorial power.
Breaking NYT: Jeff Sessions and top Justice Dept. officials pushed hard for migrant family separations in 2018, a watchdog found. "We need to take away children," Sessions told the prosecutors.
“Inasmuch as you did it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you did it unto me.”
Jeff Sessions. Evil. Rod Rosenstein. Evil. I know "evil" is a strong term to use, but if anyone deserves that term, it's these monsters.
The full story is even worse than this. It never should have happened this way. More soon.
That piece of filth ⁦⁩ told them to take infants from their parents and was upset when attorneys resisted. He is a driver of horrors. He should never be able to show his face in public again anywhere without being reminded what he did.
NEW and truly just awful And this: Rosenstein, then DAG, told the 5 prosecutors that “it did not matter how young the children were. He said that gov’t shouldn’t have refused to prosecute 2 cases simply because the children were barely more than infants.”
It's clear that timid-looking Rod Rosenstein is one of the most vile snakes in this administration of vipers. He not only helped engineer Barr's hobbling of the Mueller report, he recommended the prosecution of parents of *infants* at the border.
“We have now heard of us taking breastfeeding defendant moms away from their infants,” one government prosecutor wrote to his superiors. “I did not believe this until I looked at the duty log.”
This is horrifying. Don’t turn away.
. tweeted this post about kindness & civic virtue after he actively participated in the in humane separation of families trying to escape violence & persecution.
Read this story: and then remember that Sessions told that his only regret was not pushing his immigration policies harder:
“We need to take away children,” Sessions told prosecutors. Rosenstein went further, telling them it didn’t matter how young the kids were. He said lawyers should not have refused to prosecute 2 cases simply because the kids were barely more than infants.
The brutality and cruelty of these people is unfathomable. Every time we get a peek behind the curtain, it is so much darker than we thought. Read this:
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ Jeff Sessions Said - The New York Times
Breaking! via "We need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
This is a good time for unearthing the vile, despicable actions taken by this administration that has caused so much suffering - including among young children. And it was all by design.
“We need to take away children,” Mr. Sessions told the prosecutors, according to participants’ notes.
As a mom, I can hardly read this headline, let alone the story, without having to fight tears
“Rod J. Rosenstein [told] the five prosecutors that it did not matter how young the children were. He said that government lawyers should not have refused to prosecute two cases simply because the children were barely more than infants.”
As we learn more horrifying details about the administration's "zero tolerance" approach, remember that not only supported it, he said the policy that ripped breastfeeding babies from their mothers was motivated by the "best of intentions."
‘Take away children no matter their age,’ ordered ⁦⁩ and ⁦⁩ while implementing Trump’s signature evil policy of taking even nursing infants from their mothers. What unconscionably cruel and immoral men.
#PinkEyePence answers no question and lies as soon as he opens his mouth. Claims he is pro life while he cages kids. Separates BABIES from their mothers. #VPDebates #BidenHarris2020
So Rod Rosenstein, one of the great heroes of Mueller She Wrote, turns out to be a monster who teamed with Sessions to drive the child separation policy. It is illegal to use enforcement like this as a deterrent, fwiw.
These people are all so evil
Officers were stretched so thin enforcing the "zero tolerance" policy supported that a Texas prosecutor warned that "sex offenders were released." This is horrifying and inexcusable on every level.
Horrifying details from DOJ IG review of Trump's child separation policy: -Breastfeeding mothers were taken away from infants -Because Border Patrol was stretched so thin from zero tolerance detention policy, they allowed sex offenders to be released
Kids were not separated from their parents as an unavoidable side effect of immigration enforcement. The official, dedicated point was for the US Government to traumatize parents and their children as much as legally possible. As a deterrent.
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said Top department officials were “a driving force” behind President Trump’s child separation policy, a draft investigation report said. report
a sickening crime against humanity Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions enforced a “zero tolerance” policy on immigration that separated children from their parents. — ⁦
Top DOJ officials including AG Sessions -- not DHS -- drove the family separation program; and they discussed separating families as a powerful way to deter illegal entry, per a draft IG report obtained by . w. &
They’re goddamned monsters. And Rosenstein is no better than any of them.
Leaked IG draft report provides evidence that family separation was indeed #torture (though not analyzed as such): acts causing severe suffering intentionally inflicted w/purpose of coercing the victim or 3d person; here, coercion was to deter migration
"We need to take away children:" Draft inspector general report makes clear that child separation at the border was not an unintended consequence of the zero-tolerance policy but one of its goals.
There’s no future reckoning that will make up for this
"‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said"
‼️ Cruelty is & was the point. It's never been clearer. ‼️ Children were used as pawns & the trauma their actions induced in them is incalculable. and ⁦ must answer for their serious disregard against humanity #DontLookAway
These goddamn monsters.
I cannot emphasize enough that this is a form of torture: “We have now heard of us taking breastfeeding defendant moms away from their infants,” one government prosecutor wrote to his superiors. “I did not believe this until I looked at the duty log.”
So much to be ashamed of in this article. Separating children from their parents deserves to be seen as a stain on this country.
“We have now heard of us taking breastfeeding defendant moms away from their infants,” one government prosecutor wrote.
Do not look away. We did this to babies. We must demand accountability and justice. All those responsible should be prosecuted. Our racist war on children is multifaceted & the pandemic only exacerbates.
The “zero tolerance” policy on immigration separated children from their parents - this must be a redline - no children should be split from parents, migrants or non migrants
Unbelievable cruelties. But I think we have to be honest, even when it’s hard. Part of what’s upsetting to ppl is that decades of US violence against Central Americans (incl children) is happening within US borders. The violence itself is decades-old.
This outcome was not an accident, but a result of a choice by President Trump, enacted by people like Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein.
The Times has an important story today that makes clear that Rod Rosenstein was one of the DOJ officials driving the Trump Administration's heinous child separation policies. And that should matter. 1/
“We have now heard of us taking breastfeeding defendant moms away from their infants,” one government prosecutor wrote to his superiors. “I did not believe this until I looked at the duty log.”
The government must be held accountable for the cruel treatment and anguish U.S. immigration agencies inflicted on families they torn apart.
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
Jones calls the reported comments from Jeff Sessions in DOJ IG report (cited here)"horrible." "It is so inconsistent with the values of the people of Alabama. It is so inconsistent with the Christian values they pretend to support." #ALSEN #alpolitics
I don't know if there's anyone left who didn't already understand that the Trump administration deliberately separated children from their mothers primarily as a punishment but the NYTimes has yet more evidence that they did
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ Jeff Sessions Said
A must read by with many questions for border US attorneys, incl who just resigned but also for (son of Lt Gov ) who oversaw majority of those family separation cases in s Texas.
“We need to take away children.” By , and
Monstrous. Yet unsurprising.
“‘We have now heard of us taking breastfeeding defendant moms away from their infants,’” one government prosecutor wrote to his superiors. ‘I did not believe this until I looked at the duty log.’”
Top DOJ brass told reluctant border officials, “it did not matter how young the children were.” in NYT. If you seek his monument, look around you.
“We have now heard of us taking breastfeeding defendant moms away from their infants,” one government prosecutor wrote to his superiors.
Jeff Sessions in 2018 to U.S. attorneys concerned about the Trump administration's family separation policy: “We need to take away children." via
👀 This was a wild ride
Despicable, unforgiveable, and deeply un-American.
This breaks my heart. This is not who we are. Separating mothers & babies ... this is not ok. In our America we should #PutKids1st. Important reporting by
"...one of the biggest policy debacles of the president’s term." (// - )
"We Need to Take Away Children." Proof that DOJ dictated need for Zero Tolerance. Infants, toddlers separated from parents, while sex offenders went free. , , with damning details of IG draft report.
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said At Trump's bidding. No morals. No conscience.
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
A reminder that these people are contemptible.
Family separation was a policy chosen and pursued for its cruelty. Sit with that.
Hard to imagine being this evil, but I guess we know where they would have stood on slavery.
Trump’s (Miller’s and Sessions’) zero tolerance/family separation operation will stand through history in the same dark gallery occupied by Japanese-American internment and the M.S. St. Louis decision.
The president “ranted” and was on “a tirade,” demanding as many prosecutions as possible. 'We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said. #crimeagainsthumanity
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
From the earliest days, documents reveal, "Justice Department officials understood — and encouraged — the separation of children as an expected part of the desire to prosecute all illegal border crossers."
The cruelty and evil of separating immigrant children from their parents is staggering. #VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare ‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
The child separation policies of this administration represent one of the darkest stains in our nation's history. Let us find the moral resolve to rebuild our immigration system in a way that treats all human beings with dignity and respect. We must.
“Gene Hamilton, a top lawyer and ally of Stephen Miller, argued...DOJ officials took direction from the president. Hamilton cited an April 3, 2018 meeting...in which the president “ranted” and was on “a tirade,” demanding as many prosecutions as possible.”
Former DAG Rosenstein and DOJ's Gene Hamilton defended their actions to the IG, saying they merely followed orders as the Trump admin. separated families & lost track of children. Rosenstein said that DOJ was only responsible for the parents.
“Border Patrol officers missed serious felony cases because they were stretched too thin by the zero-tolerance policy...One Texas prosecutor warned top Justice Department officials in 2018 that “sex offenders were released” as a result.”
While rightwing nutjobs were invading pizza parlors looking for people harming kids, this was underway at the White House...
Villainous. Hard to imagine these words were uttered by America’s top law enforcement official, rather than a Grimms fairy tale witch.
A top DoJ official and Stephen Miller anti-immigrant ally said Trump “ranted” in “a tirade” demanding maximum prosecutions of migrants. Sessions told U.S. Attorneys “we need to take away children” from them—no matter how young they are, Rosenstein added.
“Border Patrol officers missed serious felony cases because they were stretched too thin by the zero-tolerance policy requiring them to detain and prosecute all of the misdemeanor illegal entry cases.“
The Trump administration will go down in history for passively failing to act as 210,000+ Americans died of Covid-19. But we should never forget or forgive that it also actively worked to orphan children at the border as young as breastfeeding infants.
'We need to take away children' - the chilling words of Trump's attorney general after even officials appointed by the administration balked at splitting up immigrant families
“We need to take away children,” Mr. Sessions told the prosecutors, according to participants’ notes. One added in shorthand: “If care about kids, don’t bring them in. Won’t give amnesty to people with kids.”
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
The U.S government has a responsibility to ensure children seeking asylum are treated humanely. Instead, this cruel policy of family separation shows a blatant disregard for children's rights and risks lifelong emotional trauma. #FamiliesBelongTogether
"We Need to Take Away Children," No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
Whenever I hear someone say that they didn't know things would get "this bad" until recently, I think about the open and intentional cruelty of family separations. It was always this bad. These people are just losing the illusion that they're safe from it.
Top US officials pushed to rip thousands of children away from their parents — and we have a government that made that demonic wish a reality.
Asking a DHS and a border patrol source what they know but, just contemplate taking nursing infants from their mothers. The argument of, "well, that'll deter them" betrays a stupidity and a fear of the world I find hard to wrap my brain around
The face of evil is someone who defends and acts on positions like this: ‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
I somehow missed this. A profound violation of human rights.
It’s a party of moral monsters. We need to send them out of Washington DC. Please, please vote.
The DOJ IG found that AG Sessions pushed DHS to sign a policy that let Justice Dept officials publicly say they were just following orders, while behind the scenes they could be a driving force propelling the parent-child separation policy.
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
“We have now heard of us taking breastfeeding defendant moms away from their infants." This makes me sick.
Let us never forget that Jeff Sessions was an evil AG, even if he wasn’t into squashing domestic political dissent like his successor — ‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ Jeff Sessions Said
‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ No Matter How Young, Justice Dept. Officials Said
Beyond sickened by reading this. Just as immigrant rights advocates said, the entire point was separating babies and children from their parents to deter immigrants and instill fear. This is evil. Vile. Cruel.
“We have now heard of us taking breastfeeding defendant moms away from their infants,” one government prosecutor wrote to his superiors. “I did not believe this until I looked at the duty log.”
We need to take away children,” Mr. Sessions told the prosecutors, according to participants’ notes. One added in shorthand: “If care about kids, don’t bring them in. Won’t give amnesty to people with kids.”
Fathomless cruelty. Reckless negligence.