Separating Children From Their Families Is Nothing New, US Has Been Doing It For Decades

Authored by Darius Shahtahmasebi, op-ed via,

Outrage over the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” immigration policy appears to have little to do with genuine concerns over human-rights abuses committed by the US government on a routine basis.

The Trump administration’s Stephen Miller-inspired immigration policy of coercively tearing children from their parents is rightly receiving a hefty load of criticism, even from some of the more traditional Republicans. Some 2,000 children have already been separated from their parents and placed in makeshift government shelters in less than a month and a half, with estimates that this number will continue to rise (and has probably already risen).

The outrage over this policy – while blame is still being deflected elsewhere by Donald Trump himself – is understandable and far-reaching indeed, right across the political spectrum.

“Because of the Administration’s policy of breaking up families at the border, these detention facilities are overflowing with children,” Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) wrote on Twitter. “Many don’t know where their parents are. Let’s be clear: this is a human rights abuse being committed by our government.”

Wow. Do you mean the United States government is actually committing human-rights abuses? Imagine my surprise, that the country which I believe to be a beacon of human rights, democracy and freedom has suddenly begun committing a human-rights abuse for what I am supposed to believe is the very first time.

This is the part that makes little sense when you consider the actions of the US ever since it was founded, right up until the present day, in terms of its ever-expanding list of human-rights abuses. Are these people genuinely upset and furious by the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents, or are they using this egregious policy as an excuse to advance their own agenda?

The United States has had a longstanding foreign policy of separating thousands of children from their parents on a daily basis. Arguably, this decades-long policy that has continued through both Democrat and Republican administrations is even worse than the current “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, given that the US has been separating thousands of children from their families using explosive devices, not detention centers.

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Trump vowed that he would “take out” the families of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) fighters and no one seemed to bat an eyelid at the time. While no one was looking, he began doing just that – and more. Soon after ascending to office, he relaxed the so-called Obama-era restrictions on airstrikes in multiple warzones, meaning that commanders on the field could call in airstrikes with almost all but zero oversight. The result was mass murder and chaos, as the commander-in-chief dropped 20,650 bombs in a mere six-month window.

One such airstrike in Mosul, Iraq killed between 200 and 300 civilians in a single strike. An investigation carried out by the Associated Press in relation to the total civilian death toll in the campaign to retake Mosul suggests that over 9,000 civilians lost their lives due to the barrage of strikes that the US-led coalition exacted in the area.

In Syria’s Raqqa, a territory which the US had no legal authority to bomb in the first place, its forces destroyed 80 percent of the entire city, rendering it uninhabitable. Through its violent policy, the US was wiping out entire families, one by one, with no regard at all for civilian life. One such airstrike in Raqqa killed a mother and her three children. Another such airstrike killed 30 members of a single family.

Barely two weeks ago, Amnesty International released an explosive report which called the US-led operation in Raqqa a “war of annihilation.” The report details four further cases of civilian families who lost 90 relatives and neighbors. One family lost 39 members in total, all of them by coalition airstrikes. Just to get an overall picture of this grotesque display of violence, at the time Reuters described the plight of one resident in Raqqa who came outside to find several of his neighbors lying dead on the street, with cats eating the corpses.

It later transpired that the US was doing all of this while allowingthousands of ISIS fighters to escape safely from Raqqa in order to head to Deir Ez-Zor, Syria’s most oil-rich region. In other words, the US was still somehow managing to drop a bomb every eight minutesin Raqqa, yet they allowed their prime enemy to escape safely under their cover, knowing full well they were wrecking civilian life in the process.

In Yemen, the US-backed Saudi-led coalition destroyed a family’s home, leaving a four-year-old Yemeni girl as the sole survivor. She wasn’t taken from her parents and put in a center – her parents were violently taken away from her for eternity. The United States, together with the United Kingdom, are 100-percent responsible for the bloodshed in Yemen. In addition to supplying billions of dollars’ worth of arms to the Saudi kingdom, US and UK personnel provide overwhelming assistance to the Saudi-led coalition to wreak this devastation on Yemen by sitting in the Saudi’s command and control center, refueling Saudi warplanes, providing intelligence and having access to lists of targets.

The media won’t tell you this, but if the US pulled its support for Saudi Arabia, Yemen’s suffering could stop as soon as tomorrow. Instead, what the US is doing is prolonging this war. Even as I type, the coalition is bombarding the Hodeidah port in Yemen, which actually provides the majority of humanitarian aid to an already devastated population.

This is not a violent policy that pertains only to the Trump administration. Altogether, the United States has killed some four million Muslims since it began its overt wars in the Middle East in the early 1990s. That’s over four million Muslims who will never see their loved ones again. I hate to break it to you, but unseating Donald Trump and replacing him with someone else is not going to save the United States government from committing human-rights abuses.

“Just wondering. Do you think Hillary Clinton would have kidnapped children and used them as leverage for political gain?” so-called ‘Twitter Personality’ Brian Krassenstein recently asked on the social network, receiving over 4,637 likes and 1,231 retweets. “You know, that woman who should have won the election, who got 3 million more votes…”

I don’t know Brian. But what I do know, is that this same Hillary Clinton was responsible for putting two million Libyan children out of school when she lobbied instrumentally for the overthrow of the Gaddafi leadership in Libya in 2011. If I remember correctly, she laughed hysterically after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in the streets of Sirte (some reports state he was raped by a bayonet).

This is also the same Hillary Clinton who refused to put Nigeria’s notorious jihadist group Boko Haram on the designated terrorist list. Remember Boko Haram, the group of terrorists that kidnapped 219 schoolgirls in 2014 to use as hostages? Remember how Hillary Clinton tweeted“#BringBackOurGirls” as if she had nothing to do with the policy which enabled this series of events? Furthermore, it was actually Hillary’s prized destruction of Libya in 2011 that allowed Boko Haram in Nigeria to grow from strength to strength, as the lawlessness that followed created a heavy arms market for jihadists to thrive all over the African continent.

Would Hillary “have kidnapped children and used them as leverage for political gain?” It seems like she, and every other prominent US politician before and after her, has done something brilliantly similar right across the world, on which vocal Twitter activists are all but completely silent.

Hillary's husband, Bill, also oversaw the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children, to which his secretary of state intimated that it was "worth it"as the price Iraq needed to pay.  

In 2011, the Obama administration famously killed a 16-year-old American citizen, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, in Yemen during a drone strike of which he was the target. He had not been charged with any crime. Two weeks prior, a separate CIA drone strike killed his father, Anwar al-Awlaki, who also had not been charged or convicted of any crime. Not long after Donald Trump was elected last year, a January raid in Yemen saw the United States kill Abdulrahman’s eight-year-old sister. 30 people were killed in total during this botched raid, including 10 women and children.

To make matters worse, when asked about the death of Abdulrahman by independent media organization We Are Change in 2012, Obama campaign senior advisor Robert Gibbs said“I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the wellbeing of their children.”

Compare the latter statement to the people who say that parents who don’t want their children to be torn away from them should just “follow the law” and not come to the US illegally, and it should be clear that this type of policy of separating children from their parents is not “un-American” at all. It is almost as American as apple pie; you just never knew you had been embracing it for so long, as no one felt the need to talk about it.

Sure, the location of the child-parent separation may be a little bit closer to home, but that’s more or less the only difference – the distance. If you are outraged at one type of child-parent separation but completely and blissfully ignorant towards the other, perhaps you don’t actually care as much about human rights as you pretend to do.


toady VWAndy Wed, 06/20/2018 - 09:39 Permalink

Let's see... you take your children into a foreign country  (mexico) illegally, travel thousands of miles with little or no money, subjecting them to all manner of danger, then attempt to enter another country illegally, usually by night with a "coyote" who will kill your kid if they even mildly bother them.

But your a good parent, and deserve to keep your children, and continue to subject them to danger.

Child protective services would take anyone's kid after hearing this tale of abuse.

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Oldwood VWAndy Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:16 Permalink

Fuck the immigrants, and the children too.

We can have justifiable complaints on US policy of interventionism, but immigrants are crossing our border and our fucked up government and courts have made it so we must either set them free or separate the kids from their parents. Courts outlawed family detention centers so we do this or do NOTHING. Lying politicians don't want to control our borders, progressives want to bolster their constituency and Republicans want to dodge media attacks calling them immoral, unAmerican, haters. Criminals and cowards and then we have contributors like this one simply looking for another opportunity to denigrate America.

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evoila VWAndy Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:32 Permalink

sheesh, we've been separating bodies from their heads.  this is mild treatment. 

We should just look at anybody here illegally. If they have been paying taxes (if working), and have zero criminal record, they get to stay on a visa and then they get a path to citizenship (5-7 more years of criminal free record). Anything above an infraction, they get a one way ticket out. They can take their kid with them too unless they can find a legal, legal guardian to take care of them.

Oh, and if they have a tattoo on their neck or face, it negates everything. They gone. 


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Adolfsteinbergovitch p4424119 Wed, 06/20/2018 - 04:36 Permalink

Funny that you modified your completely unexplainable salary number through my last comment. You really are an imbecile by any measure. That's the only thing that sticks.

Now even your actual number is still a tad too high to be honest. Why not telling things like they are, namely that the poor schmucks doing online porn for you never get paid and leave in disgust after the first month?

This would explain why you need to advertise over and over again to quickly fill the vacant positions due to high turnover, another sure sign of quality...

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SirBarksAlot evoila Wed, 06/20/2018 - 09:56 Permalink

I'm not sure the math works on that.

I have a family of really nice neighbors who are here illegally. They somehow got the entire extended family across. The part of the family that lives next door has a grandfather (currently in jail), the grandmother, two adult daughters, one husband and four grandchildren. That's 9 people in one house.

They get free Section 8 housing, free medical care (including delivery of all 4 grandchildren), free car seats and basic cell phone service, food stamps, a welfare check for each of the 4 minor children, free education, free classes in Ingles, free school uniforms, and scholarships to the local community college.

But wait! There's more! They had an accident and are currently attempting to scam the insurance company by claiming that they were permanently injured in the accident.

Don't blame the players, blame Virgin Mobil, blame the insurance companies who compete for their business by advertising bigger and bigger gifts for signing up, blame the private prison industry, blame the uniform manufacturers and all the other people who are trying to get a piece of your taxes. It's corporate welfare.

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Billy the Poet VWAndy Wed, 06/20/2018 - 05:47 Permalink

I love this country. This thing we call a government? Yea not so much.


"My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) – or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inanimate realm of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate!" -- J.R.R. Tolkien

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xavi1951 Billy the Poet Wed, 06/20/2018 - 09:20 Permalink

EVERY DAY, children are separated from their parents, by the hundreds, and nobody says a word.  It IS common in our judicial system to put children into foster care when mommy and daddy are arrested.  Is that less "cruel and inhumane"?  Those being terms that are used by the media and left to make it sound evil.  Well, we have been doing to our LEGAL citizens, and NOT a peep from the left.  Why all the fuss about ILLEGALS having their kids held in facilities?  Trump.

Oh, on a side note, they are given a choice to be returned to their country or be jailed and separated from their kids.  IT IS THEIR CHOICE!

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LetThemEatRand HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:16 Permalink

Yes, it is emotional blackmail to point out that America kills innocent men, women and children on a regular basis.  Instead of being immune to it because it is old news, you should be pissed off about it.  But I guess it's old news now that your guy is in charge of the killing, as it was for Obama supporters when their guy was in charge. 

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 LetThemEatRand Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:47 Permalink

Frankly, I don't give a fuck who salutes the flag, or not. The best thing about living in the US is you can burn the flag. Flip it the finger. Stomp on it. Wear it. Or salute it. And guess what? No one throws you from a roof top. No one burns you alive. No one kills you or puts you in prison or threatens your family with poverty and starvation. No, the only places that do that are places run by communists that think they know the best way for everyone else to live or places run by ragheads that insist that everyone submit to sharia law and convert or die.

Salute the flag? Fucking pathetic. I hope you live in France. You deserve to be buttfucked by a rabid Narfrican.

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LetThemEatRand HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:50 Permalink

The very best thing about living in the US is not being subject to drone strikes to spread democracy to your country, where the US routinely burns people alive, kills people and puts them in secret prisons.  Which is the point of the article.  I suppose you agree with Hillary Clinton that we came, we saw, he died?  Or W that Saddam had WMDs?  Or Obama with his drone strikes on wedding parties?  You're okay with all of that so long as you're safe and sound?  But I'm a moral relativist.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 LetThemEatRand Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:57 Permalink

As I said, previously, emotional arguments no longer work. Nor does sophistry of the lowest kind, namely yellow journalism. I am not surprised you are a fanboy of RT (Russia Today). Go ahead. If you live in the US you are free to spew that crap and not pay any penalty.

If you live in Europe, or the UK, that may not be the case. You could be locked up for racist threats. Or other random threats of a vague nature. Of course, if you're a Muslim, you can make those threats and nothing is done.


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headless blogger HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Wed, 06/20/2018 - 03:28 Permalink

my guess is you're probably right or close to it. These people aren't coming from war torn nations. Yes, they have poverty and gangs, but that doesn't mean they get to come up here. They need to stay where they are and work out their own problems instead of shifting them to us. 

I don't feel sorry for these people coming into USA. 

But Syria, Libya, Iraq....very sad as many of those people did not ask to be invaded. But even there, the answer is not mass immigration. The answer is to demand the USA, et al stay out of their nations.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 headless blogger Wed, 06/20/2018 - 03:47 Permalink

I am a patriot and a nationalist.  This empire shit is a waste of money.  I do not support these ridiculous foreign adventures, let me be clear.  A fucking military base in Djibouti, Africa?  Camp Lemmonier.  No thanks.  Shut it down, bring our boys home.  

Aghanistan has been the graveyard of empires for 2000 years.  FFS I may not be smart, but even I know that piece of history!

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BabaLooey LetThemEatRand Wed, 06/20/2018 - 07:51 Permalink


I believe HRH DOES acknowledge that the U.S. does - in fact - kill thousands overseas .....

The point of this whole article (and yes, I read it) is to point out the selective outrage by mass media (social and mainstream) as to THEIR selective outrage (the....leftoid commie shit fucks) - when it has - IN FACT - been "business as usual" for this to occur regularly.

THAT is the long winded point of this piece - IMO.

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Oldwood Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:20 Permalink

Sounds like almost everyone in America is unAmerican given our "values" just don't measure up to our supposed "standards". People like Obama declaring that " we" are living up to what we were always supposed to become... Say's WHO?

PhilofOz Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:30 Permalink

I thought this was gonna be about the feminist controlled family courts separating children from their fathers, but yeah, all of the above is just another way to destroy families!

youshallnotkill Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:30 Permalink

Sessions just wants to go back to the kind of America that his ancestors enjoyed, where you could easily rip brown children from their parents and sell them off.

So yeah, the author is right this kind of stuff has a long tradition in America.

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 youshallnotkill Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:35 Permalink

You know what? The US actually made slavery illegal more than 150 years ago. But you can still buy a slave, or inherit one, if you live in Mauritania or many parts of the Middle East, India, or China. Slavery is common around the world but is illegal in the US and has been for a long, long, time. You may want to pick up a book, or a copy of the US Constitution, and read it. Here you go, the US archives even has a link for lazy dumbasses like you:

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 VWAndy Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:43 Permalink

My point is the US made slavery, officially illegal, more than 150 years ago and went so far as to place that action into an amendment. I am sick of the people that bring up slavery, in the US, as if it was still practiced yesterday.

January 31, 1865, slavery was abolished in the US. US government archive link:

Sophistry is not an argument.

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