Trump trying to launch a massive new child separation program
President Donald Trump greets Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen after he arrived on Air Force One at Naval Air Facility in El Centro, Calif., April 5. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

According to NBC News, President Trump has been scheming for some time now to launch a new family separation program to use against people coming across the country’s southern border. The network attributes the information to three officials involved with White House meetings.

The reports say that Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen was opposed to the plan which caused Trump to become angry with her and to force her to resign this weekend.

The people with knowledge about the White House meetings claim Nielsen argued that existing court rulings forbade restarting the policy of child separation. She reportedly told Trump he would be revoking his own executive order that supposedly ended child separation.

Trump wants to reinstitute the policy, according to reports, because he believes tearing families apart and placing children in cages is the most effective way of deterring asylum seekers from countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador where people are fleeing gang violence and oppressive economic and political conditions.

Democrat Ilhan Omar is interviewed by The Associated Press Nov. 7, 2018, in Minneapolis after winning Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District race. She became the first Somali American to serve in Congress and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. Jim Mone / AP

The Trump attack on immigrants was not limited to just one front this weekend. Only one day after the FBI arrested a Trump supporter for making death threats against Michigan Rep. Ilhan Omar the president chose to attack her at a gathering of Jewish Republicans. He attacked her by falsely claiming she “does not like Israel.” The attacks by the president, coming while Rep. Omar continues to face death threats including the latest one from an avowed Trump supporter, were condemned by mainstream Jewish organizations.

According to the FBI, Patrick Carlineo, 55, of Addison, N.Y., phoned Omar’s Washington office and told the staff member who answered that Omar was a “f—cking terrorist” and that he would “put a bullet in her f—cking skull.” He told the FBI that he was a “patriot,” that he loves President Donald Trump, and that he hates “radical Muslims in our government.”

Carlineo, who said he watches Fox News every night, had a .22 caliber rifle and a shotgun in his house when police arrived and a sign in his garage that read: “The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes. The response time of a .357 is 1,400 feet per second.”

Assuming there can be other Fox viewers as close to the edge as Carlineo, the attack on Omar by Trump a day after Carlineo’s arrest underlines the danger to the nation posed not just by others on the edge but by Trump himself.

At that same gathering of Jewish Republicans Trump referred to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as “your prime minister,” feeding into the anti-Semitic trope that claims Jews In the United States have divided loyalties. The American Jewish Committee blasted Trump afterwards for his handling of the meeting saying it feeds into bigotry in the country.


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John Wojcik
John Wojcik

John Wojcik is Editor-in-Chief of People's World. He joined the staff as Labor Editor in May 2007 after working as a union meat cutter in northern New Jersey. There, he served as a shop steward, as a member of a UFCW contract negotiating committee, and as an activist in the union's campaign to win public support for Wal-Mart workers. In the 1970s and '80s he was a political action reporter for the Daily World, this newspaper's predecessor, and was active in electoral politics in Brooklyn, New York.

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