Here’s an interesting bit of information from Senator Dean Heller (R-NVTrumpistan):
“Heller said on the Senate floor today that he’d heard concerns from more than 3,500 constituents over the family separations. Thousands of children, some still in diapers, have been separated from their family members as a result of the Trump policy.
“My constituents have spoken to families split apart at the borders and some are being held in Southern Nevada,” he said. “And they are, frankly, asking for help. So being reunified with their children is their top priority.” [LVSun]
I’m missing something here? So 3,500 Nevadans have contacted Senator Heller about their concerns for family reunification, and exactly what is it that Senator Heller has DONE about this? Other than give a speech on the floor of the Senate? He’s co-sponsoring a bill? And, the chance of passage? The pros and cons of the specific measure? So, please give me credit for being a charter member of the Protect Our Soybean Bins Alliance and Associated Affiliates? Merely because I jump up and down demanding a sane trade policy from an insane administration? No. Not until I do something — as in do something with a chance of making a difference — as in do something to make the “zero tolerance” policy go bye-bye — do I get credit for any accomplishment?
In the mean time, Reuters posted this article 6 hours ago: “Government lawyers told a federal judge in San Diego earlier this week that 917 parents out of about 2,500 who were parted from their children may not be eligible for prompt reunification because they have already been deported, have waived reunification, have criminal backgrounds, or are otherwise deemed unfit.” When you can’t meet the goals move the posts?
There’s more from the Texas Tribune. And more from the Texas Monthly. From the San Diego Union Tribune. We’re past the time for nice floor speeches. Actions should, and indeed must, speak louder than words — especially among those who would style themselves our “law makers.”