A Minor Major Victory: Trump Steps Back From Child Isolation Policy

Trump is now planning to end child isolation by permitting children to stay in the same prison as their accompanying parent. This is a huge victory for the children affected while still being entirely inadequate.

Now is not the time to back down. Now is the time to press both the administration and congress. Trump should still be impeached, in my view, for various important reasons from his refusal to safeguard US elections to his blatant violations of two vitally important treaties (one on torture, the other on refugees) to his deeply corrupt campaign. He probably won’t be impeached until Mueller releases more info because impeachment is a political exercise and no matter how definitive is the evidence that congress can see, if they can’t yet show it to the public I doubt it will count as “admissible evidence” (metaphorically, if you understand my meaning here) for congress’ impeachment efforts.

Call your Rep and Senators and tell them you expect Trump to be impeached for violating the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, domestic laws protecting children, the Flores-Reno settlement, and the 8th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Whether or not Trump is immediately impeached, simultaneous and continued pressure must be applied on immigration issues so long as refugee claimants are being jailed. That they will soon be jailed with their children is better than the current catastrophe, but still illegal and still unethical.

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