Renowned Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has been a staunch Trump defender in connection with the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged collusion with Russia by high-ranking members of Trump's presidential campaign staff, if not Trump himself, has made a direct plea to Trump on Fox News to end his child separation policy:

Here is what Dershowitz had to say to Trump, as reported in The Hill in June 18:

President Trump, you know I've been defending your civil liberties and will continue to do so on this show, but you have to end this policy of separating parents from children...Not because of the parents, but because of the children. It imposes a trauma on the children."

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefi...nt-families-at

While Trump, Sessions, and the DHS have tried to defend this barbaric and inhuman policy on the grounds that, in effect, the parents are criminals because they cross the border illegally and therefore deserve to be prosecuted, they never say anything about the children, who are too young to be criminals, cannot be prosecuted for any crime and are clearly not responsible for the parents' decision to bring them to the United States.

Yet, as Dershowitz points out, these innocent children are now being made to suffer even more than the parents.

Meanwhile, a June 18 DHS memo on family separation shows that it must be hard to be a high official in the Trump administration who is, evidently, being forced to lie about a major policy issue to keep one's job.

In her so-called "Myth vs. Fact memo, DHS Chief Kirstjen Nielsen states:

"DHS does not have a blanket policy of separating families at the border" but this only happens if "an adult is referred for criminal prosecution."

http://discuss.ilw.com/content.php?9810

She conveniently leaves out the fact that under the new Trump-Sessions zero-tolerance policy, 100 percent of adults who cross at unauthorized border points are now being referred for criminal prosecution!

If this isn't a "blanket policy" of separating families at the border, what it? Nielsen would have a hard time explaining to the parents of the 2,000 children, including a breastfeeding baby, who have been forcibly torn away from their parents at the border in just the last few weeks that there is no blanket DHS policy of family separation.

True, as Nielsen has also pointed out, parents who present themselves at authorized border crossing points are, at least in theory, not being prosecuted or separated from their children. There is only one problem with this - the authorized border crossing points have been closed against asylum seeking families as being "too full".

As a practical matter, therefore, there are no border crossing points where parents can present themselves without being prosecuted and having their children torn away to places unknown without having any idea when they will see their children again.

To be sure, in the same Fox News interview, Professor Dershowitz also criticized people who compare Trump's family separation policy to the horrors of Auschwitz or the Nazi holocaust in general. I have always been very careful to point out the comparisons between Trump and Hitler and the Nazis must be used with extreme care, and that Trump's border policies are light years away from the unimaginable horrors of Auschwitz where 2 million Jews and other people whom the Nazis didn't want around were brutally murdered.

But the fact that a particular white supremacist immigration policy of the Trump-Sessions-Miller administration isn't as terrible as Auschwitz was is, as I sure everyone will agree, a pretty low bar for deciding if it meets the basic standards of humanity. Family separation, clearly does not.

Also, with all due respect to both Professor Dershowitz and Secretary Nielsen, there is one uncomfortable resemblance between her DHS memo and Auschwitz. As almost everyone who has ever heard about the Holocaust knows, there was a big sign right at the entrance to Auschwitz with the words:

Arbeit Macht Frei - literally: "Work Makes Free"

Of course no one was ever made free at Auschwitz through work or anything else except death, until the camp was finally liberated by allied troops.

The Auschwitz sign has therefore forever become a symbol of the Nazis' capacity to lie. The Trump administration has now issued a statement which, while certainly nowhere near as horrific as Auschwitz, is also a bald-faced out and out lie. Here it is again - on page 1 of the DHS memo:

"DHS does not have a blanket policy of separating families at the border."


Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
algaselex@gmail.com