'Mister President, Don't You Have Kids!'

Trump did not respond but walks by, smiles and waves at the cameras.As Donald Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen walk by, Rep. Juan Vargas shouts, 'Mister President, don’t you have kids!'

He shouts other things at Trump, too, like — “we won't go away” and “this is not biblical!”

Congressional Hispanic Caucus members yell at Trump about the “zero tolerance” policy as he walks by after his meeting with GOP lawmakers at the Capitol.

Trump did not respond but walks by, smiles and waves at the cameras.

Border-Crossing Guatemalan Mom Sues Trump Admin For Not Saying Where Her Son Is located

Border-Crossing Guatemalan Mom“New York will act and file suit to end this callous and deliberate attack on immigrant communities, and end this heartless policy once and for all,” Cuomo said in a statement.

A mother from Guatemala whose 7-year-old son was taken from her after they were detained for crossing the border illegally sued Trump administration immigration officials Tuesday, saying they will not tell her where her son is, even though she has now been released from custody.

Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia said in the lawsuit that she and her son crossed the border near San Luis, Arizona, on May 19 and sought asylum. They were detained by Border Patrol agents, her complaint said, and two days later, her son was taken from her.

After she was transferred to the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona, she was told her son was in Phoenix at a facility run by HHS's Office of Refugee Resettlement. She spoke to him once on the phone, she said, and he cried, “'Mama! Mama! Mama!' in a distressed voice over and over again.”

She was released from custody on June 15 after posting bond, her legal filing said, but as of four days later, did not yet have her son back.

Her lawsuit asked the judge to order the government to reunite mother and child and other relief related to her case. She did not ask the court to declare the government's current overall practices illegal.

Her lawyer, John Shoreman of Washington, D.C., said her case “challenges the United States government's forcible separation of a parent from her young child, notwithstanding the threat of irreparable psychological damage that separation has been universally recognized to cause young children.”

Based on the facts laid out in her complaint, it appeared she was not subjected to the entire “zero tolerance” policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, because she was never charged

Almost 2,000 Children Separated From Families At Us Border Following Trump Administration 'Zero Tolerance' Policy – White House officials defend policy as 'biblical'

the separation of parents and children, calling it "a serious violation of the rights of the child”.The United Nations called on the US to “immediately halt” the separation of parents and children, calling it “a serious violation of the rights of the child”.

Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the US border since the start of the Trump administration's new “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration, according to new figures from the Department of Homeland Security.

Numbers obtained by the Associated Press show 1,995 minors were separated from their families between 19 April and 31 May, while trying to enter the country in between official crossings. Senior White House officials confirmed these numbers in a background briefing with members of the press.

Approximately 700 children were separated from their families between October and April, before the zero tolerance policy was implemented, according to the New York Times.

The new policy, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on 6 April, requires US officials to refer all adults who enter the country illegally for prosecution. Under existing law, migrant children must be housed separately while their parents face trial.

The new policy has sparked outcry from immigrants rights activists, who shared stories of children being torn from their parents’ arms at the border. The backlash escalated following an NBC report that detailed the conditions inside a Texas immigrant detention centre where children were allowed outside for only two hours per day.

The United Nations called on the US to “immediately halt” the separation of parents and children, calling it “a serious violation of the rights of the child”. The organising body of Catholic bishops in the US has also called the policy “immoral” and called on the administration to reverse it.

But Mr Sessions has stood by the policy, at one point citing a bible verse in

President Trump Directs Pentagon To Create A 'Space Force' In What Is Surely Not Any Kind Of Distraction From Crying Children

“… President Trump directed the Pentagon to create his new Space Force. It would be absolutely absurd not to notice the timing of the announcement that grabbed at least some of the headline space from news organizations that would otherwise have been directed at video and audio of toddlers in cages as they wept openly for their parents. It seems the Dear Leader couldn't help but notice this timing either, even as he made his announcement …”

resident Trump directed the Pentagon to create his new Space Force.

You may recall that about this time last year, the House of Representatives put together a budget that included funding for a brand new military branch dubbed the Space Force. At the time, our take is that this was always inevitable, as humanity tends to carry its war-making luggage everywhere we go and, since we go to space, we're going to have a Space Force. More surprising was the pushback from those who have a thing or two to say about military matters, such as Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who noted that setting up a new military branch was hellishly complicated, and required congressional approval.

Mattis, in a letter to Rep. Mike Turner — an Ohio Republican leading the congressional effort against the Space Corps — said he was opposed to adding “additional organizational and administrative tail” to the Pentagon.

“At a time when we are trying to integrate the Department's joint warfighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations,” Mattis wrote.

One can read that as government-speak for: “No, this is stupid, why are you proposing this, everything is going fine, hey, is this thing even on?” Currently, space-based operations for the military are headed up by the Air Force Space Command. There is no denying that orbital operations are critical to the success of the United States military, given all of the satellite assets currently floating around the near-inky void. There has also been no indication that the Air Force is not up to the job, given the current lack of space-based infantry skirmishes or ground (ahem) operations.

This week, however, President Trump directed the Pentagon to create his new Space Force.

We've Been Here Before: A Psychologist Calls Out the Horrifying Familiarity of America's Treatment of Migrant Children

America’s Treatment of Migrant ChildrenAmid a deluge of recent reports on the terrors that migrants are facing at the U.S. border, including stories of families being ripped apart and planned “tent cities” for unaccompanied children, public pressure is mounting against the Trump administration to change course on its draconian and cruel immigration policy.

A number of professional organizations have written letters to the administration urging authorities to discontinue the “zero tolerance” policy, which uses forcible separation of children from their parents as a punitive measure to discourage families from migrating to the United States.

Many of these families, particularly those from Central America, are fleeing violence and poverty in their own countries and are seeking asylum in the U.S. The zero tolerance policy was implemented earlier this year by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recently defended the decision by citing the Bible.

Among those speaking out is Dana Sinopoli, a clinical psychologist who was so outraged about the government’s reported treatment of migrant children, she penned an open letter. As her letter circulated around the country, more mental health professionals jumped on board. To date, 90 organizational groups, including the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, have co-signed the letter, as have more than 4,500 mental health professionals.

Sinopoli, who practices in Philadelphia, said she wrote the letter because she found that media coverage of the forced separations didn’t effectively center children’s experiences.

“[Coverage] was all about immigration and policy, and these things are important, but there was a complete absence of the effect that this is having on children’s minds,” she told Reuters. “This is something that those of us with an understanding and expertise in attachment need to be speaking to.”

Sinopoli says she’s heard people say that the separations won’t last long, that the policy will eventually come to an end. While she hopes that’s true, she stresses that the cognitive, behavioral and, in some cases, physical damage to the child has already been done. … 

The Effects of the Holocaust on the Children of Survivors

The Effects of the Holocaust on the Children of Survivors

Evidence shows that the children of Holocaust survivors, referred to as the Second Generation, can be deeply affected both negatively and positively — by the horrific events their parents experienced.

The intergenerational transmission of trauma is so strong that Holocaust-related influences can even be seen in the Third Generation, children of the children of survivors.

We are all born into some story, with its particular background scenery, that affects our physical, emotional, social and spiritual growth. In the case of children of Holocaust survivors, the background story tends to be either a stifled mystery or overflowing with traumatic information. In the first case, the child may feel drained and in the second case overwhelmed.

Either way, a child whose background story includes the Holocaust may experience some difficulty in their development. At the same time, the child may gain from their parents experience some helpful coping skills.

According to studies, the long-term effects of the Holocaust on the children of survivors suggest a “psychological profile.” Their parents suffering may have affected their upbringing, personal relationships, and perspective on life. Eva Fogelman, a psychologist who treats Holocaust survivors and their children, suggests a second generation 'complex' characterized by processes that affect identity, self-esteem, interpersonal interactions and worldview.

Psychological Vulnerability: Literature suggests that after the war many survivors quickly entered into loveless marriages in their desire to rebuild their family life as quickly as possible. And these survivors remained married even though the marriages may have lacked emotional intimacy. Children of these types of marriages may not have been given the nurturance needed to develop positive self-images.

Survivor-parents have also shown a tendency to be

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989 entry into force 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49

Preamble: The States Parties to the present Convention,

Considering that, in accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Bearing in mind that the peoples of the United Nations have, in the Charter, reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights and in the dignity and worth of the human person, and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Recognizing that the United Nations has, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenants on Human Rights, proclaimed and agreed that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,

Recalling that, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has proclaimed that childhood is entitled to special care and assistance,

Convinced that the family, as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community,

Recognizing that the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding,

Considering that the child should be fully prepared to live an individual life in society, and brought up in the spirit of the ideals proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, and in particular in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity,

Bearing in mind that the need to extend particular care to the child has been stated in the Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child of 1924 and in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child adopted by the General Assembly on 20 November 1959 and recognized

Trump's 'Space Force' Is Nothing New: Here'S What The Military Is Already Up To In Orbits

The Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle sits on a runway after visiting space. Image: DoD/Corbis via Getty Images

The Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle sits on a runway after visiting space.Without warning, President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he's directing the Pentagon to form a new arm of the military called the “Space Force.”

Sounds pretty cool right? Well, as cool as it may sound, even if it is eventually created, the Space Force may not change very much for U.S. military operations in space.

The U.S. military already has a huge presence in orbit, armed with a fleet of both known and classified satellites that spy down on potential threats to the nation day and night.  

“The U.S. military has been very active in space for 60 years,” John Logsdon, the former director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, said in an interview.

“This is not some breaking point of militarizing space,” said Logsdon. This is a dumb idea. The Air Force does this already. That is their job. What’s next, we move submarines to the 7th branch and call it the “under-the-sea force?” https://t.co/S1urOuJBe6  — Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) June 19, 2018

Trump announced the Space Force prior to the third meeting of the National Space Council, a well-publicized ongoing meeting that mostly boasts visionary ideas about America's future in space, but doesn't have any law-making power. “By saying what he said, where he said it, with the media paying attention, it caught the world's attention for something that’s been going on a long time,” said Logsdon.

“But this isn’t some

Just Saying, Guns and Dancing Don't Mix | Dancing FBI Agent Who Accidentally Shot Someone Is Arrested

FBI Gun” … incident went viral and raised questions as to why Bishop was not initially taken into custody … “

An attorney for the victim told CNN affiliate KMGH that the bullet hit the victim's main artery and that he could have bled to death, if not for a person who applied a tourniquet to the victim's leg.

The FBI agent who unintentionally shot someone while dancing in a Denver bar turned himself in to police on Tuesday and is awaiting charges. The agent, identified as 29-year-old Chase Bishop, is being held at a Denver detention center for investigation of second degree assault, pending formal charges from the District Attorney's Office, according to Denver Police Department spokesman Jay Casillas.

Bishop was showing off his moves in the center of a dance circle at Mile High Spirits bar on June 2 when he launched into a back handspring. During the move, a firearm fell out of his waistband holster and onto the floor, Denver police said. He moved to pick the weapon up and unintentionally fired one shot, police said. Bishop then put the gun back in his pants and walked away with his hands up. One person was struck in the lower leg and was expected to survive, police said.

The arrest comes a week after video of the incident went viral and raised questions as to why Bishop was not initially taken into custody. An attorney for the victim told CNN affiliate KMGH that the bullet hit the victim's main artery and that he could have bled to death, if not for a person who applied a tourniquet to the victim's leg.

The District Attorney's Office as well as Denver FBI did not comment on the incident, citing a pending investigation. Authorities did not initially identify the FBI agent because he was not arrested at the time, Denver police community resource officer Marika Putnam said. Denver police said last week that the agent could face possible charges pending the results of lab testing to determine if alcohol was a factor.

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