Marian Wright Edelman’s admonition seems particularly damning when we look at U.S. treatment of immigrant children. Denial of safe haven, overcrowded shelters, prison-like detention, mistreatment, neglect, and death top the stories coming from the southern border.
While today’s post focuses on children, developments in the tariff/border circus continue.
On Friday night, Trump said he had a new deal with Mexico and called off the tariffs.
By Sunday, the New York Times was reporting there was nothing new in the deal: all of the announced provisions had been negotiated months ago.
Trump angrily responded that there were secret parts of the deal that have not yet been revealed.
On Monday, both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times reported that Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said there were no secret deals.
Also on Monday, Vice President Pence told Fox News there was a “safe third country deal” with Guatemala that would be revealed soon.
Then the Washington Post reported AMLO and Ebrard acknowledged there were parts of the deal that had not been disclosed yet. Vox summarized :
“The New York Times reported this weekend that Trump dropped the tariffs as part of a bilateral deal with Mexico on immigration (and possibly also agriculture). Essentially, Trump finally agreed to accept commitments that Mexico made late last year, back when Kirstjen Nielsen was still secretary of homeland security.
“As Eliana Johnson and Nancy Cook wrote for Politico, it looks like Trump once again created a crisis and then “cut a vague, imperfect or constitutionally questionable deal at the last minute, claiming victory and savaging the critics.” As they further explained, this pattern of drama followed by climbdown is “getting eerily familiar in Washington.”…
“Now, it’s possible that Trump is telling the truth and his deal with Mexico includes other secret provisions that, if disclosed, would make him look really savvy but are being kept quiet for some unknown reason. Realistically, though, Trump did permanent damage to the US-Mexico trade relationship and accomplished nothing in exchange.”