A new government report indicates that the kidnapping, separation and detention of children is worse than we thought. Which raises two questions: why would we ever believe anything Trump says, and how does Kirstjen Nielsen still have a job?
While the administration said that more than 2,500 children had been kidnapped under in 2018, the Office of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General has confirmed that officials were separating families long before that. “How many more children were separated is unknown by us and HHS,” the OIG said Thursday. According to NBC News, “some may have been released to family or nonrelative sponsors, but it is not known how many have been reunified.”
Newly empowered House Democrats weighed in on this humanitarian disaster. “I have been seeking information that would help reunify these children since last year, but the Trump administration refuses to comply,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who now leads the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. “As Chairman, I will do everything in my power to obtain the documents I’ve requested to ensure the administration is held accountable for this callous and immoral policy.”
What is unknowable is how the long-term emotional and psychological damage will affect the victimized children. At least there is not a demented Mengele-type doctor performing sadistic experiments on twins, right? The terrible thing is, I wouldn’t put it past Herr Gropenfuhrer.