This comment has been revised as of March 6 at 9:38 am:

In Medea, written some 2,400 years ago by the famous ancient Greek dramatist Euripides, the tyrant Creon says the following to the main character, Medea:

"...I order you to leave this land and go into exile, taking your two children with you, and instantly! I am the executor of this decree, and I will not go home again until I expel you from this country."

(Translated by David Kovacs, Euripides I, Loeb Classical Library, Copyright (C) 1994, 2001 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Is this any different from Donald Trump's message to mothers and their children making the dangerous journey to the US border in order to seek asylum from drug and gang violence infested countries in Central America?

How is this chilling edict from almost two and a half millennia ago any different from Trump's threat during the campaign to deport up to 11 million immigrants who lack legal status in the US, and, in violation of the 14th Amendment, to take US citizenship away from their American-born children so they can also be deported?

My original comment follows:

In my March 3 Immigration Daily blog comment, I wrote about the disturbing historical memories brought back by Donald Trump's proposal in his February 28 speech to Congress to create an office within the Department of Homeland Security devoted to publicizing crimes allegedly committed by immigrants (VOICE), and his recent executive order along the same lines. See:

If Trump's campaign rhetoric and his recent immigrant roundups and arrests, and his executive orders providing for police-state mass deportation of up to 11 million unauthorized immigrants are any guide, we can be quite certain that Trump's lists of alleged crimes committed by immigrants will be loaded with Mexican and other Latino names, just as executed Nazi war criminal Julius Streicher's lists of "criminals" in his notorious Der Stuermer contained only Jewish names.

But there is an even more disturbing precedent for a reported plan by Trump's DHS to separate Central American children seeking asylum in the U.S. from the horrific gang violence in their countries from their mothers at the Mexican border.

See also:

The motivations are of course very different, since genocide or mass extermination are obviously just as abhorrent to Donald Trump and his administration as they are to every sane person on this planet.

But there are still very troubling and dangerous parallels between the reported DHS plan to tear children seeking asylum away from their parents at the US/Mexican border and the Nazis kidnapping of hundreds of thousands of "Aryan-looking" Polish and other Eastern European children from their parents and families as part of the infamous Lebensborn program to create a "master race" during WW2.


The above site describes the actions taken with regard to the kidnapped children as follows:

"...the Nazis sought 'racially valuable'children of non-German populations, meaning those with 'Aryan' traits...Kidnapped children were taken by force, and by gunpoint. Force include[d] hunting children down in schools, parks and markets. Police came to homes with guns drawn to seize children."

To be sure, taking children away from their parents by force and giving the children completely new "Germanic" identities, with no hope that the children would ever see their parents again, as the Nazis did, went beyond merely "separating" parents from their children in order to be in compliance wtih a 9th Circuit Court US Court of Appeals order.

As Reuters explains, that order prohibits prolonged detention of children arriving at the US border to seek asylum in America, but the court order does not prohibit prolonged detention of their parents who are also seeking asylum while their cases are pending.

Therefore, according to the the above two reports, ICE, instead of releasing parents and children together pending thir asylum hearings, DHS now plans to release the children to its own custody, while continuing to detain their parents (usually their mothers).

The purpose, according to the above reports, is to deter Central American parents from bringing their children to the US illegally in order to seek asylum.

But as the Reuters report explains:

"Implementing the new policy proposal 'could create lifelong psychological trauma', said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. 'Especially for children that have just completed a perilous journey from Central America.'"

Again, obviously, the purpose of the Nazi kidnappings of children, namely creating an "Aryan" master race to replace "racially inferior" untermenschen, i.e. Jews, Slavs and other population groups marked for extermination, was far more sinister than the Trump administration's stated goal of deterring parents of Central American children from bringing the children to the US border illegally in order to file asylum claims.

But there is one very disturbing common element in these two ostensibly very different programs: a willingness to use innocent children as helpless pawns in order to accomplish strictly political goals -at a cost to the children of creating lifelong psychological damage.

It also shows that, just as the Nazis exposed the kidnapped children and their parents to the cruelty and inhumanity of family separation and breakup to accomplish their nefarious purposes, the Trump administration, assuming that the above Reuters and The Guardian reports are accurate, eveidently has no hesitation about engaging in an arguably less drastic, but still cruel and inhuman program of tearing children away from their mothers to accomplish its goals.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College (majoring in Government) and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger also gained an introductory knowledge of ancient Greek and first half of the 20th century German history through his beginning level studies of classical Greek at Phillips Academy, Andover, where he won a school award in that language, and of German at Harvard College, which he completed successfully, but without any particular distinction. He also successfully completed a summer course for visiting secondary school students and graduates in WW2 history given by the University of Paris.

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