Posts filed under Youth

Separation as Political Sadism

From Greg Hadley, Trump administration considering separating immigrant parents from children at border, reports say, Sacramento Bee, March 3, 2017.

In an attempt to deter parents thinking of illegally entering the U.S. with their children, the Department of Homeland Security is considering a proposal that would separate adults and children who cross the southern border together, according to multiple media reports.

News of the policy, which is still being considered by department officials, was first reported Friday by Reuters, who spoke to three government sources, and later confirmed by CNN and MSNBC.

Such a policy move would mark a significant change in immigration enforcement, as families are currently kept together and released until their court date, according to MSNBC. . . . The new policy would mean that adults are kept in custody instead of being released, while children will be placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, before they are placed with a relative or state-sponsored guardian, per Reuters. … **We are trying to find ways to deter the use of children in illegal immigration, the official said. We are seeing kids essentially kidnapped and used to get here and stay.

All border controls are violent, and all border enforcement policies are awful. What distinguishes this — if La Migra attempts to go through with it — is the sheer malice. This idea serves no conceivable rational purpose other than deliberate cruelty, and pure political sadism, using the lives and emotions of children and taking them as hostages to punish their parents. The administration’s explicit theory is that the prospect this kind of deliberate cruelty to children might “deter” their parents. That is wrong. It’s not foolish, or mistaken, or ill-conceived. This proposed policy is, flatly, unspeakably evil.

Shared Article from sacbee

Trump administration considering separating immigrant parents fr…

Reuters and CNN say the Department of Homeland Security is considering a proposal aimed at deterring immigrants with children from entering the countr…

sacbee.com


StopDeportation #AbolishICE #NiFronterasNiSuPincheMuro

Detroit City Council Vs. the city of Detroit: a Curfew for Freedom Festival

So the city council of Detroit is now debating plans for the city’s upcoming River Days and Freedom Festival firework shows, held each year in downtown Detroit. This year, one of the plans under discussion is whether or not to celebrate Freedom Festival by imposing a city-wide curfew. If passed, the curfew would make it so that nobody 17 or younger would be allowed to be outside on their own in public, anywhere in the city of Detroit, at any time starting at six o’clock in the evening. If you want to celebrate yer Freedom, you can do it only in the presence of a guardian; and the curfew would allow the police to demand papers from anyone at any time after six, in order to prove their age and identity.

This is, of course, yet another assault on the basic civil liberties of teens and children, and yet another massive increase in the police’s power to harass, punish and detain young people, from the Detroit city government. It is an intolerable assault on the city of Detroit — i.e., on the people who live in Detroit and on their ability to inhabit and enjoy the city that they call home. The proposed Freedom Festival Curfew is a shameful measure. It ought to be rejected out of hand, and if passed, it deserves to be ridiculed and defied as much as possible.

#‎Detroit‬ ‪#‎Curfew‬ ‪#‎AbolishTheCityCouncil‬ ‪#‎FreedomFestivalIsntFree‬

Shared Article from Reason.com

Detroit Debates Draconian Curfew Plan

Would place strict limits on kids and teens movements for four evenings

Jesse Walker @ reason.com


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Pattern of Abuse

Shared Article from Courant.com

In Rare Move, DCF Transfers Juvenile To Prison With No Pending C…

A youth under the care of the Department of Children and Families has been transferred to an adult prison with no criminal charge pending — a ra…

courant.com (via Nathan Goodman)


OK, so, N.B.: this Connecticut youth is a 16 year old trans woman and, if confined to an adult prison, is at even higher than normal risk for suffering all kinds of extreme violence while imprisoned. She is in any case being locked up in an adult prison without any formal charges ever having been filed against her. She is being sent to prison with no charges and no due process because DCF has a statute allowing it to put children in its “care” in prison on their own authority, without any charges at all, for the sake of “treatment” (!). This is considered an appropriate authorized measure.

They are asserting this power here because, although they are not filing any charges and have no intention of subjecting any of this to ordinary due process, they allege that this allegedly fought a guard. She allegedly fought a guard because two of the domming guards ganged up and grabbed her and tried to “bear hug” immobilize her to keep her from walking away to somewhere she wanted to go.

The guard wanted to stop her from walking freely away because she is an inmate confined in a DCF juvie-prison “locked-treatment” “training school,” which she is forcibly forbidden to leave.

She is an inmate of a DCF juvie-prison “locked treatment” “training school” because DCF has asserted custody over her, or, as the youth’s “defenders” put it, thinking they are helping, “DCF is this youth’s parent” (the Corps is mother, the Corps is father), and as such, they claim, they are “obligated” (!) to lock her up in the name of “programming and treatment.”

DCF took custody, locked her up and started forcing this “treatment” on her without her permission and against her will, because they were going to save her from being “a victim of serious, longstanding abuse.”

So, you know, good job on that so far, y’all, I’ll bet prison will really help.

In case you were wondering this story is like everything I hate about the liberal state, rolled into one dystopian package and labeled helpfully FOR HER OWN GOOD.

(Via Nathan Goodman.)

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#AbolishJuvie #AbolishPrison #YouthLiberation #TransYouth #WhyDontYouGoTreatYourself

Re: When Police Interrogate Children

    <p><a href="http://www.thefreemanonline.org/headline/when-police-interrogate-children/">When Police Interrogate Children. <cite>The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty</cite> (2011-04-23)</a>:</p><blockquote><q>On its surface, a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court may seem to be legally trivial; it’s about a juvenile who stole from neighborhood houses. But J.D.B. v. North Carolina could redefine both the law’s “reasonable person” standard and what it means to be in custody. The case is...</q></blockquote>

My view is that if you are not free to leave, then you are in custody. Are students free to leave school? If not, they are always in custody. Let alone when there’s an armed police officer in the room.

You might think that this standard would make it hard for police to interrogate children. Well, yes. Then police would interrogate fewer children. Or else they could try to get legislators to get rid of compulsory attendance laws. I’m OK with that. But perhaps I am not a Reasonable Person.

Wednesday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://xkcd.com/887/">Future Timeline. <cite>xkcd.com</cite> (2011-04-17)</a>.  <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2011-04-18.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110330/21570213703/big-media-to-innovative-app-maker-stop-innovating-without-our-permission.shtml">Big Media To Innovative App Maker: Stop Innovating Without Our Permission! | Techdirt. <cite>www.techdirt.com</cite> (2011-04-18)</a>. "And, honestly, if creating an app that makes it easier to read your content is a threat to your business, you're doing business wrong." <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Monday 2011-04-18.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1944">boardgames are to monopoly as comics are to garfield, THAT&#39;S RIGHT I SAID IT. <cite>Dinosaur Comics</cite> (2011-04-19)</a>. I blame the Georgists. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-04-19.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2011/04/18/austro-californian-empire/">Austro-Californian Empire? Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2011-04-18)</a>. <q>While in San Diego I’ll be meeting with the San Diego Austrians and the Café Libertalia folks on Thursday night. Details here (for the socially mediated).</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-04-19.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://eyeofthestorm.blogs.com/eye_of_the_storm/2011/04/if-i-was-interested-in-starting-aresistance-movement-i-would-proceed-by-simulated-terrorism-such-a-procedure-is-suggeste.html">if i was interested in starting a...resistance movement, i. Captain Capitulation, <cite>eye of the storm</cite> (2011-04-19)</a>. <q>if i was interested in starting a...resistance movement, i would proceed by simulated terrorism. such a procedure is suggested by things like this, where i&#39;m thinking the authorities evacuated a mall or at least closed in en masse to get a guy wandering around a mall with a rifle, when it...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2011-04-19.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.copblock.org/2766/birmingham-officers-who-beat-man-while-he-was-unconscious-to-be-reinstated/">Birmingham officers who beat man while he was unconscious to be reinstated. Dr. Q, <cite>Gangsters in Blue</cite> (2011-04-15)</a>. <q>On January 23, 2008 Birmingham police officers attempted to stop and question one Anthony Shannon Warren about suspected drug activity. Warren fled in his car. Because interrogating people about suspected involvement in activities that harm no one is much more important than public safety, the officers decided that the best...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-04-20.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://cherylcline.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/on-controlling-parents/">On Controlling Parents. <cite>der Blaustrumpf</cite> (2011-04-20)</a>. "Many of the comments, like the author herself, blame Rand for the father’s selfishness.  What struck me is not the awfulness of Rand’s philosophy, though awful it is, but that a seemingly infinite number of options are available to parents who wish to justify abuse.  A hardcore Objectivist parent is rare, thankfully, but it’d be easy to envision a Christian parent who would justify similar deprivation as a lesson in altruism and humility – the very opposite  of Rand’s alleged ideals." - Cheryl Cline <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-04-20.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://darianworden.com/blog/2011/04/free-market-anti-capitalism/">Free Market Anti-Capitalism Paper Online. DarianW, <cite>DarianWorden.com</cite> (2011-04-19)</a>. <q>My contribution to the 2011 APEE Topics in Free-Market Anti-Capitalism panel is now available for download from my archives page: Capitalism, Free Enterprise, and Progress: Partners or Adversaries? The paper disentangles the concepts of capitalism, free enterprise, and progress in the context of the early Industrial Revolution. While a lot...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-04-20.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2011/04/20/digital-cash-sparks-digital-de">Digital Cash Sparks Digital Debate. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2011-04-20)</a>. <q>Writing in Time, of all places, Jerry Brito discusses Bitcoin, the latest alternative currency to capture the digerati&#39;s imagination: The web has also seen all-purpose digital currencies, from defunct dot-com bubble start-ups Flooz and Beenz, to the slightly more successful e-gold. Unlike cash, however, digital currencies to date have had a...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2011-04-20.)</em></p></li>