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The government can’t find the parents of 545 migrant children who were forcefully separated from their families more than two years ago. The Trump administration knew this would happen. Officials were warned ahead of time that reunification would be nearly impossible under the current immigration system, and therefore the separation policy shouldn’t be implemented, NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff reported in his book Separated: Inside an American Tragedy.

The administration also knew separation would traumatize these children for life. Still, they forged ahead in an attempt to shock Congress into limiting immigration into the United States. “They put politics ahead…


UN human rights expert Philip Alston breaks down why we’re failing to meet the goal of ending global poverty by 2030

A photo of a homeless person on the street against a blue background with grey spray paint effect.
A photo of a homeless person on the street against a blue background with grey spray paint effect.
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The world is losing its war on poverty. A new report by Philip Alston, the outgoing UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, says that politicians and philanthropists who boast of an impending victory over poverty are in fact relying on the World Bank’s flawed poverty line, and thus aren’t giving us a real sense of our global impoverishment. In reality, Alston says, the UN’s member countries are not on track to meet their goal of ending poverty by 2030, and climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic are sure to make matters even worse. Alston also denounced the…


Without a perceived crisis at the border, there’s no pretext for ICE raids, family separation, and concentration camps

Shoes are left by people at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, June 21, 2018 during a protest rally by several American mayors against the US administration’s family separation policy. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The most inhumane aspects of our current immigration system — concentration camps, ICE raids, family separation, and indefinite detention — are all by design.

We know this because the architects of this system have been telling us for the better part of two decades. As far back as 2003, President George W. Bush’s attorney general, John Ashcraft, advocated for immigrant detention in order to send “a message of deterrence to other Central American individuals who may be considering immigration.” In 2015, the Obama administration used the same deterrence argument to justify the detention of migrant children.

When current government officials…


Oversight

The secretary of state’s whole career has revolved around excusing human rights violations and cozying up to dictators

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With the Trump administration continuing to garner international headlines for caging hundreds of innocent children at the border, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo apparently decided now would be a good time to announce a new “bipartisan” panel assembled to undertake “an informed review of the role of human rights in American foreign policy.”

Billed as the Commission on Unalienable Rights, Pompeo claims the panel will follow in the tradition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s historic Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But his remarks christening the commission on Monday made clear the real purpose was to redefine the term “human rights” altogether.

“What…

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