Your Honor: “If it Please the Court, Goo Goo, Ga Ga”

Kaiser Health News offered the following information last week about the continued effort by the Trump administration to deport infants who were brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents:

The Trump administration has summoned at least 70 children under 1 year old to immigration court for their own deportation proceedings since Oct. 1, according to new Justice Department data provided exclusively to Kaiser Health News.

These children, who may be staying with a sponsor or in a foster care arrangement, need frequent touching and bonding with a parent and naps every few hours, and some are of breastfeeding age, medical experts say. They’re unable to speak and still learning when it’s day versus night.

What, no teeny, tiny handcuffs? Aren’t these kids already proven to be a flight risk?


The Justice Department data show that a total of 1,500 “unaccompanied” children, from newborns to age 3, have been called in to immigration court since Oct. 1, 2015.

The Curmudgeon wonders if:

  • they’ve been read their rights
  • they understand the charges against them
  • they’re able to contribute to their defense

The sheer mean-spiritedness of this continuing crusade is getting out of hand.

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