Update: June 2, 1:11 a.m.

To watch a horrifying video of an unauthorized immigrant mother being torn away by US Border Patrol agents from her screaming, crying children as part of Donald Trump's campaign of fear and terror against Latino and other non-white immigrants, see:


My earlier comment follows:

As the storm of outrage grows over the Trump administration's policy of causing unspeakable anguish to Latino and other non-white immigrant families by tearing screaming innocent young children away from their parents at the US border, see: America's Voice, May 31,

Trump is "Gratuitously Embracing Cruelty"


and as experts warn about the terrible lifetime psychological scars that these children will suffer as a result of Trump's unbelievably cruel efforts to stop mainly Central American families from seeking asylum in the United States - see: Physicians for Human Rights

Children Must be Protected, Not Lost



Stop the Abuse of Immigrant Children in U.S. Custody


it is worth remembering that this is not the first time that governmental policy of a large and well known country has been responsible for large-scale separations of young and vulnerable children from their families. It has all happened before - under the Nazis.


In 1965 (the same year, coincidentally, that America's openly racist, Nordics-only, 1924 "national origins" immigration act - which Adolf Hitler claimed inspiration from writing in Mein Kampf, and which A.G. Jeff Sessions, who is now a key player in the child separation agenda, also praised as a Senator nine decades later, was finally repealed), during a brief visit to Germany, I sat down with a couple of German friends whom I had become acquainted with while they were living in the US, and asked them why ordinary Germans didn't do more to try to stop the Nazi extermination of the Jews.

They vigorously argued that the German people did not know the full extent of the Holocaust because it was concealed from them. Moreover, any German who had spoken out would have done so at the risk of his or her life.

Donald Trump is not a mass murderer, not an antisemite, not a Nazi and not a follower of Adolf Hitler. Nor, to be fair, did abuse of children and their parents in immigration detention originate with Donald Trump. President Obama has a lot to answer for on that score also.

But the Obama administration, so far as is known, did not engage in systematically ripping young children apart from their mothers in order to scare families from trying to enter the United States, or as a matter of vindictive rage out of frustration at an increase in illegal entry numbers, as Trump is reported to have expressed in acrimonious exchanges with his own DHS Secretary.

There can be no doubt that Donald Trump is carrying out a policy at the US border which goes against the most elementary notions of basic humanity and is doing so out of intentional cruelty in order to terrify Latino and other brown immigrants from coming to the United States, including people who may have a right under our laws to pursue asylum claims in this country.

This policy not only disgraces America and our most fundamental values of protecting families and the rights of children, but it also, very arguably, violates US laws against torture and international law, in the form of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

I will discuss these provisions in a future comment. America is not Nazi Germany, and the horrors of Donald Trump's child separation policy are on full view - literally, on Youtube.

The American people have the freedom, the right, the capacity and the obligation to stand up and speak out against this atrocity which is now happening before our very eyes.

The fact that there were inexcusable abuses of children in immigration detention while, for the most part, being held together with their families under President Obama is not an answer - not an excuse - for Donald Trump's deliberate, purposeful, inhumanity.

For more on the differences between President Obama and Donald Trump on family separation at the US border, see Kristie de Pena of the Niskanen Center, May 31:

What everyone has gotten wrong about family separation


Roger Algase
Attorney at Law