Secretary of Homeland Security Nielsenresponding to questions
about where the girls and toddlers that have been separated from their parents at the border are:
Q: A couple of questions. One, why is the government only releasing images of the boys who are being held? Where are the girls? Where are the young toddlers?
SECRETARY NIELSEN: I don’t know. I am not familiar with those particular images.
Q: You don’t know where they are? Do you know where the girls are? Do you know where the young toddlers are?
SECRETARY NIELSEN: We have children in DHS care -- both. But as you know, most of the children, after 72 hours, are transferred to HHS. So I don’t know what pictures you’re referencing, but I’d have to refer you to HHS.
Q: We’ve seen images of boys, but we just haven’t seen any of the girls or any of the young toddlers. And you’re saying that they are being well cared for. So how can you make that claim if you don’t know where they are?
SECRETARY NIELSEN: It’s not that I don’t know where they are. I’m saying that the vast majority are held by Health and Human Services. We transfer them after 72 hours. I don’t know what pictures you’re speaking about, but perhaps there are --
Q: The pictures have been released to public; they’ve been aired all over national television.
SECRETARY NIELSEN: Okay. By DHS? Or by HHS?
Q: By DHS.
SECRETARY NIELSEN: Okay. So let’s find out from HHS. I don’t think there’s anything other than (inaudible) pictures.
Q: They were released by your department. I mean, they’ve been aired all over national television throughout the day -- the kids who are being held in the cages. We’ve only seen the boys.
SECRETARY NIELSEN: I will look into that. I’m not aware that there is another picture.
And that's the end of her discussion of that. As Aaron Rupar points out
, she states that she and DHS do know where the girls and babies are, but ignores the question of why they never show pictures of them. Most of the possible explanations for why they won't produce a picture of them are horrific.
I've argued many times over the past two years that the right has showed who they truly are in November of 2016. All of their claims about valuing families, Christian morality, honoring the military, free-trade economics, standing against corruption, valuing "all lives" were proven false. Traditional Republicans and young anime-avatar conservatives alike voted for a blatant shitbag that explicitly demonstrated disrespect for all of those traditional Republican values, loudly and on multiple occasions. The only right-wing value he signaled a belief in was bigotry. He made it loud and clear that he thought that people of color, women, queer and trans people deserved worse positions by default. This was a values ranking test, and the right ranked bigotry above all else.
The thing is, no White person wants to believe their uncle is more motivated by racism than an opposition to taxes. However, I think it's important to recognize the prioritization of values, not so we can condemn the right to hell, but so we can predict what the right wants and act accordingly.
This current wave of family persecution is exactly what right-wing voters want out of Trump: Pain for immigrants; pain for people of color. Putting them in their place.
I would like to be proven wrong. I would like to see the right stand up and decide that they've changed their minds since 2016. I would like to see them say even asylum seekers are human, and this is the wrong thing to do to humans, and pressure Trump to stop doing this.
I am not going to plan for this to happen, though.