The Associated Press broke a story this evening that President Donald Trump’s administration has been sending babies to “at least three ‘tender age’ shelters” in south Texas. The story and images were so powerful that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow couldn’t read it and simply broke down.
“Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis,” the AP reported.
“Sorry,” Maddow said several times. “Can we put up the graphic? No. We don’t have it.”
After many pauses, Maddow said that she’d just have to hand it off to her colleague Lawrence O’Donnell.
“The thought that they are going to be putting such little kids in an institutional setting? I mean it is hard for me to even wrap my mind around it,” Kay Bellor, vice president for programs at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, told the AP. Her organization gives foster care and child welfare to migrant children. “Toddlers are being detained.”
“The facilities that they have for the most part are not licensed for tender age children,” director of migrant rights at Women’s Refugee Commission Michelle Brane told the AP.
She recalled meeting a 4-year-old girl in diapers in a McAllen warehouse where ICE agents is holding people.
“There is no model for how you house tons of little children in cots institutionally in our country. We don’t do orphanages, our child welfare has recognized that is an inappropriate setting for little children,” she said.
The United States ended the practice of having orphanages after psychologists and physicians warned that it would harm the development of children.
These days even the news can be too much for veteran reporters. Such was the case with Maddow on Tuesday night who succumbed to her empathy. It’s easy to understand why.
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Japan’s Hirohito ‘prevented from voicing remorse over war’
Japan's wartime emperor Hirohito wanted to express his regret and remorse shortly after World War II but the prime minister at the time stopped him, local media reported Tuesday, citing newly disclosed documents.
The 18 notebooks, written by Michiji Tajima, a top official at the Imperial Household Agency, featured dialogue between him and Hirohito between 1949 and 1953.
According to the documents, the emperor said in 1952: "No matter what, I really think I need to include the word remorse" in his planned speech to mark Japan's regaining of its independence later that year.
Hong Kong leader hopes peaceful rally presages ‘return to calm’
Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said she hoped "calm" will prevail after a massive weekend march passed without clashes between police and demonstrators, but again refused to give ground to protester demands.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched through the heart of the city on Sunday in a show of peaceful protest after escalating street battles with police drew stark warnings from Beijing and threatened to undermine public support.
"On Sunday, many Hong Kong residents participated in a rally at Victoria Park that was largely peaceful," Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at a televised press conference.
US states ready antitrust probe of tech titans: report
Top prosecutors from a group of US states are readying a joint investigation into whether major technology firms have violated antitrust law, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
The alliance of state attorneys general could formally announce next month that they are delving into whether leading internet firms and technology platforms have used their clout to thwart competition, the Journal reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.
The US Department of Justice last month announced it is reviewing "whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers."