The Trump State Department on Tuesday promoted something that, in normal times, would be seen as harmless.
In the context of Trump’s immigrant family separation policies, however, many people are finding it to be completely tone deaf.
Specifically, the State Department posted a link on its Twitter account to a chat session in which professionals would answer American citizens’ questions about how to travel abroad with their children.
“Join our colleagues from @TravelGov for a Facebook Live event at 10:00 a.m. ET to ask your questions about traveling with kids and to hear their tips to make traveling with the whole family easier,” wrote the State Department.
Many of Twitter users did not take kindly to this message and proceeded to heap scorn on the State Department for not considering the context of the current crisis facing immigrant children.
Check out the top responses below.
Question: If another country were separating children from their parents at the boarder, what would we, the United States of America, do about it?
— International House of Mendelsohn (@JacobMendelsohn) June 19, 2018
How about some tips for children traveling alone after being separated from their family?
— Marc Blum (@marcrenyc215) June 19, 2018
First, don't take your kids to the US. Who knows what will happen to them?
— TipPDX (@TipPDX) June 19, 2018
Don’t come here . Right now, children have been taken hostage over an ego wall . It could be any one of us next . Seeking asylum is not a crime. Illegal crossings are misdemeanors . How’s the profits for prisons doing ?#WhereAreTheChildren #EndFamilySeparation pic.twitter.com/hwdquZe4Bl
— Frankie (@FrancesRauer) June 19, 2018
Are they serious??? This is beyond belief tone deafness . Or, are they taunting us? We have not one viable person nor organization in this country. If they’re not completely stupid they’re completely vile & evil. @WhiteHouse @HouseGOP @SenateGOP
— Marie Sageer (@SageerMarie) June 19, 2018
— OldTehanu (@OldTehanu) June 19, 2018
This is perfect timing. Are you simulcasting in spanish?
— RCDobbs (@RCDobbs) June 19, 2018
1. Don’t be brown.
2: Don’t be fleeing violence.
3. Don’t expect the US to give a damn about you.
Does that sum it up?
Christ, you troglodytes, read the damn room!
— Kristen (@mediaperuana) June 19, 2018
Tip 1: If you're a person of color stay out of any state that has border issues. They may just rip your kids away and put them in #TrumpConcentrationCamps
— Debbie Rhoden (@DebbieRhoden57) June 19, 2018