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The Morning Briefing: Babies in Cage-Prisons and Much, Much More

Donald Trump, Jim Mattis, Joseph Dunford

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump has lunch with the vice president and the secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • The president meets with the secretary of Health and Human Services and the director of the National Institutes of Health
  • President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in Nashville, Tenn.
  • The president attends dinner with supporters
  • President Trump hosts the Make America Great Again Rally

Trump is putting immigrant children in cages

Or not. There’s no outrage like some social media outrage. Pictures were all over Twitter and Facebook this weekend and righteous indignation was a flowing! The image showed illegal immigrant children being held in cages. TRUMP IS A MONSTER, and so on and so on. Well…not so fast.

The only problem? The image is from 2014–the direct result of former president Barack Obama‘s immigration policies. But the image is being shared now by Trump’s critics–and AZCentral–apparently in order to focus outrage against the Trump administration’s intentional and explicitly brutal policies of child-separation recently announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Or is it?

More likely is that the image is being shared by liberals now because they simply cannot countenance the fact that such results were the product of their own silence during the Obama administration. As various critics have noted on numerous occasions, left-wing media and immigrants’ rights activists were all over this when Obama was actually in office.

Literally dozens of stories about Nogales in particular were written by journalists at Shadowproof, a reader-supported media outlet, alone. Other left-of-center outlets also covered Obama’s less-than-humane immigration outcomes and policies. Such stories ran when the photographed horrors were actually occurring–not four years later.

But liberals wouldn’t listen back then. They’re, curiously, only listening now.

Another picture shows a bus full of baby seats—a deportation express bus if you believe the left. The bus is owned by a private corporation because there’s lots of cash money to made in deporting piles of children, so the logic goes. But that’s not the whole story. According to the bus’s owners, the bus is used for field trips for a charter school.

These field trips are part of the contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Field trips are provided to all children, ages four through seventeen enrolled in educational programs provided by the John H. Wood Charter School, located at KCRC. Field trips consist of going to a variety of places, such as the San Antonio Zoo, seeing a movie at the local theater, going to the park, etc.

Field trips to the zoo? OH THE HUMANITY. Separating illegal immigrant children from their parents is the product of a 2016 court ruling that found the Obama administration couldn’t hold children in the same detention centers as their parents. The children have to be separated or set free with their parents to return at a later date for court processing, and we all know how that works out. Honestly, we don’t even know these kids aren’t being sex-trafficked.

Related:

Ivanka mocked for ‘tone deaf’ tweet The tweet was a picture with her and her son. It’s tone-deaf because Trump is putting children in cage-prisons, according to CNN.

HHS official offers new explanation for missing immigrant children They aren’t missing. Saved you a click.

Today is the day when you find a new place to get your coffee

Starbucks will close thousands of stores to “train” their employees to fight off their racist white-ish-ness or something like that. Go find another coffee shop, maybe a local business to which you can give your coffee dollars.

The plan has brought attention to the little-known world of “unconscious bias training” used by corporations, police departments and other organizations. It’s designed to get people to open up about implicit biases and stereotypes in encountering people of color, gender or other identities.

“Little-known” or quackery, you decide, but it’s notable that that “corporations, police departments and other organizations” have bought into this claptrap. Be warned. Starbucks has had a policy that dictated their bathrooms were for customers only but they have since changed their policy to let anyone use their bathrooms. I don’t think this will end well.

Here’s a description of the day’s events at Starbucks:

Workers at each location will break into small groups to learn together. Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz, Johnson and musician and activist Common will serve as virtual guides. Employees will talk about their own experiences, and watch a film about bias.

The company explained that each store will get a tool kit to help guide the trainings. Tuesday’s session will focus on understanding both racial bias and the history of racial discrimination in public spaces in the United States.

Who is conducting the “training”?

Starbucks tapped several experts and researchers to help develop the curriculum, including Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Heather McGhee, president of the public policy organization Demos.

While Starbucks fights unconscious bias, the corporation is leading the way on the conscious bias front by excluding the Anti-Defamation League.

Bowing to pressure from African-American activists, Starbucks excluded the Anti-Defamation League from an upcoming daylong anti-bias training session.

The ADL, whose mission is to fight anti-Semitism, will play an advisory role in the company’s long-term efforts to combat discrimination, Jaime Riley, a Starbucks spokeswoman, told POLITICO Monday. But the group won’t help develop the curriculum for Starbucks’ May 29 mandatory anti-bias training, as originally planned.

“The ADL is CONSTANTLY attacking black and brown people,” Women’s March organizer Tamika Mallory posted on Twitter. “This is a sign that they are tone deaf and not committed to addressing the concerns of black folk.”

You just need to have the right kind of bias, I guess.

Historical picture of the day:

Wounded U.S. Marines are being given plasma transfusions by their fellow corpsmen at a forward station, on May 29, 1945, during the invasion of Okinawa. (AP Photo)

Your daily WTF:

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Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett won’t seek re-election to get treatment for alcoholism

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And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!