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Immigrant moms still have no idea how to find their kids after Trump ripped them away

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In spite of Donald Trump’s executive order ending the separation of families at the US-Mexico border, there remain mothers separated from their children who have no idea where their kids are.

In interviews with The New Yorker, women detained Otero County Prison — a privately-run detention center housing migrants in New Mexico — said that after their children were taken away following their arrests at the border, they have had difficulty finding any information about where they are.

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On May 26, Honduran asylum-seeker Esmeralda Pérez and her nine-year-old son Jefferson were arrested in El Paso, Texas after crossing the border. She was allowed to spend a single night with her son, who she says has health issues that require regular attention from her. He was then taken away from her by Border Patrol after she was told she needed to pay a penalty and go to jail — and she hasn’t seen or heard from Jefferson since.

Though one of Pérez’s relatives conveyed to her that her son may be at a facility run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement in Michigan, she said she has almost no way of finding out herself while both of them are detained. According the report, “contacting the office is nearly impossible from inside detention.”

Wesliane Souza, an Otero inmate from Brazil that was separated from her 13-year-old son, told the New Yorker that of the 50 mothers in her wing who’d been separated from their children, “few of them know where their kids are.” After fleeing to the United States to escape an abusive partner, Souza and her son were arrested in El Paso on June 1, and after two days together a Border Patrol agent informed her that she had five minutes to say goodbye to her child.

“I didn’t know what to say to my son because I didn’t know where he was going,” the woman said. “There were other mothers and children all around us, and everyone was crying.”

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Souza noted that many of the women at Otero were likely to leave with psychological issues, and reporter Jonathan Blitzer pointed out that she appeared to exhibit some herself — rocking back and forth while speaking, muttering to herself and an occasional “vacant look” on her face.

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‘Megalomaniacal, paranoid, and psychopathic’: Economist sounds the alarm on Trump’s ‘bottomless malevolence’

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs, a professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, has written a frightening warning about President Donald Trump's "paranoid and psychopathic" leadership style, and he says it could have disastrous consequences for the world if he wins a second term.

In an essay published at progressive news website Common Dreams, Sachs argues that it would be a grave mistake to treat Trump like a cynical politician, when in reality he is an impulsive and vindictive narcissist who acts on his angry whims.

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Trump baselessly accuses Democratic lawmaker of ‘violence’?? in insane tweet

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President Donald Trump, in a strangely giddy and unhinged tweet on Tuesday baselessly accused Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of “violence.”

“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” Trump tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”

It’s unclear what the president was referring to when he accused the Michigan Congresswoman of violence, but his other remarks appear to be directed at a press conference she held Monday.

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Trump’s Labor Department wants to ‘weaponize’ right-wing discrimination and bigotry

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Just in case you wanted to believe that the Trump administration isn’t on a campaign to trample rights for Americans, here comes the Labor Department to shove a grapefruit in your face.

Labor officials have made public a new rule—no Congress, needed, thank you—to allow companies contracting with the federal government who are “religion-exercising organizations” to ignore federal laws protecting the rights of gays, transsexuals, and who knows who else in hiring or workplace practices. Religious employers and companies with “closely held” religious ties now will be shielded from claims of bias in court or other law enforcement actions, says the rule.

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