Immigrant children in detention in Texas, June 2018
In our latest Journey Through Trump-Land, I joined talkRADIO’s Alexis Conran on Saturday to discuss Donald Trump’s posturing at the G20 summit in Japan, while attention in the US to the plight of migrants is galvanized by deaths and by inhumane conditions in detention.
We begin with a summary of Trump’s photo-opportunities taking over the G20 summit, where he embraced Russia’s Vladimir Putin with jokes about a crackdown on journalists and Moscow’s interference in US elections; beamed at Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the killing of civilians in Yemen’s civil war; and hailed his “good friend” Kim Jong-un of North Korea.
Then we strike a contrast with news from the US, amid the picture of Oscar and his 22-month-old daughter Valeria — embracing in death in the Rio Grande — and lawyers speaking of detained children living in filth and sickness as they sleep on concrete floors.
That leads us to a review of the opening debates among Democratic candidates for President, including the call of Julian Castro for treating migrants on a civil basis rather than as criminal offenders.
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