Family Seperation, Trump’s Pardon Power, Fuego: 3 News Stories You Should Read Today
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In the category of: I cannot believe we’re even having this debate.
President Donald Trump asserted Monday that he has the right to pardon himself but suggested that he won’t use that power, adding that the special counsel investigation is “unconstitutional.”
In the category of: Gaia seems uneasy these days
Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted, killing at least 25 people and leaving residents covered in ash as they fled from billowing plumes.
In the category of: History repeats itself and sometimes that’s not a good thing.
America has never treated families — nonwhite families, anyway — as sacrosanct.
The Trump administration’s policy to separate parents and children at the border has been met with a mix of outrage and confusion. The government announced the cruel practice on May 7, in a departure from past policies in which families were kept together and only detained for a limited time.
The Trump administration decided to work around the time restriction imposed by courts by no longer treating families as units: Parents are detained, and children are “put into foster care or wherever,” in the infamously blasé words of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
As with much of the administration’s actions, it’s difficult to parse how much of this policy is a new moral low for the country and how much of it builds on historical precedent. As is generally the case, the answer is both.
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