Baby Jails? Goddamn Motherfucking BABY JAILS?

Last night, news broke that started to answer a few of the questions we've all been asking: "WHERE ARE THE GIRLS? WHERE ARE THE BABIES? WHERE ARE THE TODDLERS?" We still don't have all the answers to those questions, by any means, and we still don't have all the pictures and video footage Americans need to truly grasp what's going on -- because the Trump administration won't give journalists access -- but we now know thanks to reporting from the AP that the youngest, most fragile children ripped from their parents at border crossings are being held in "tender age" shelters, because doesn't that sound nice? It's like jail, but for babies! Baby jails!

How's this for a fucking lede?

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.

Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.

The fourth shelter will be in an old warehouse previously used for Hurricane Harvey survivors! Doesn't that just sound cuddly and caring and fun? Like a summer camp for babies, right, Laura Ingraham, you feckless human cold sore?

AP and New York magazine quote many child health experts -- you know, like pediatricians who actually know about this shit -- saying this is clearly child abuse, so you can file those with the quotes Dok cited in his story yesterday about how America is now the "wire mother," referring to those old timey child attachment experiments with rhesus monkeys. (You should read it, if you haven't.)

To be clear, migrant parents are traveling thousands of miles, fleeing violence and mass murder, traversing cartel country where they face more violence and mass murder, and if they're lucky enough to make it to a border crossing -- a legal one or an illegal one, depending on which one they can reach, which is not always their choice -- they cross and look for American border patrol agents so they can ask for a asylum, only to be arrested and have their babies stolen and put in "tender age" shelters. Don't you feel proud to be an American right now?

And will those babies ever see their parents again? Hahahahaha, nobody fucking knows. Maybe not! NBC News has more on that right here, and it is harrowing.

MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff reported during Tuesday night's Lawrence O'Donnell program that Donald Trump's child abuse policies haven't so far acted as a deterrent to those fleeing Central America in hopes of a better life. Because the journey can take weeks, the "no room at the inn" message just hasn't quite gotten to everybody, we guess. Soboroff, who has covered border issues for many years, made a chilling prediction about what happens next, once the message goes out that America is stealing babies to use them as ransom for funding for Trump's dumbass border wall -- that migrants will start actually running from border patrol, and that the next images we'll see will be of dead "tender age" children who don't survive the trek. He reiterated on Twitter:


Maybe this will be the story we look back on as the turning point on this issue, as people start seeing the pictures and watching the footage and reading the stories the Trump regime doesn't want us to see. It's a hell of a lot easier for the president to lie and tell his base all the asylum seekers are MS-13, if they can't see the jailed babies in baby jail. At the moment, only 27% of Americans -- Trump's most hardcore base -- support this policy, while 66% are against it, and one can only imagine there are some mommies in that 27% who, when confronted with baby jails (and worse), might reconsider their allegiance to President Pussgrab.

We hope.

Trump met Tuesday night with House Republicans who are totally trying to Do Something about this (you betcha!), and Ivanka Trump has reportedly been telling her dad all these jailed brown babies are really harshing her mellow, like omigod Dad, stop it, you're such a silly maniacally racist sociopath, Dad, ugh! Ivanka Trump, as always, is invited to go fuck herself, for being so utterly useless.

For now, though, all the reporting says our outrage is exactly what the Trump administration wants. This is the "trolling as government" philosophy of OWNIN' THE LIBS that infests the unfuckable shit brains of people like Stephen Miller, who is steering this policy. It's what drives Corey Lewandowski to say "WOMP WOMP" upon hearing news that a Down Syndrome child was separated from her family at the border. These modern-day Nazis firmly believe Donald Trump could shoot Central American babies in the middle of Fifth Avenue and it would just motivate their most fervent, most xenophobic base to show up and vote for them MORE MORE MORE! They are banking on this. Time for crying's over, Rachel Maddow (even though we understand!). It's up to us now to STAY FUCKING MAD and show them just how wrong they are, on election day in November, and on every other day, starting right the fuck now.

U MAD BRO? We are U MAD BRO. Let's be U MAD BRO together, WITH VOTES.

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