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Jesus. The First Escort, mistress of cognitive dissonance, has announced she's expanding her elusive, grammatically challenged Be Best campaign to "better the lives of children everywhere," though evidently exceptions may apply. A White House statement issued from some other planet trumpeted the campaign "reaches new heights" with the appointment of "21 BE BEST Ambassadors," noting without irony that Trump has "collaborated" with many agencies to help children and parents face "today’s challenges." Among those challenges, you'd think, would be the current concentration camp system set up by her loathsome partner in crime that is detaining thousands of poor, brown, terrified, traumatized, snot-and-lice-covered children in dirty, freezing, crowded, windowless, illegal warehouses you wouldn't keep your dog in - including the Texas facility found to have conditions so abominable, also in violation of Geneva Conventions, that administration racists and incompetents were compelled by public outrage to remove 300 kids from them. Because evil never sleeps, over 100 were just inexplicably returned to them less than 24 hours later, definitely not long enough to make any of these places less concentration campy. And yes, that's what they are.
Given these and oh my God so many ongoing crimes against humanity, it was unsurprising - except maybe to the eerily insensate and imperious Melania - she was savagely pilloried after proudly tweeting, "Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" After the collective spitting out of coffee in revulsion and disbelief, patriots and other bipeds with souls and minds had at her for a "level of blatant hubris that will go down in history." "Learn how to read a newspaper, you sick oblivious piss empress," snarled one to what another dubbed "you vapid streak of slug slime." Also, "I hear it improves children’s lives not to be held in concentration camps," "Hey asshole - kids are in cages sleeping on concrete covered in lice," and, to the woman defiantly "proving every day that she really doesn't care," "Until we #CloseTheCamps, I really don't care about #BeBest, do u?" In the most devastating response, Alvaro Bedoya posted names, photos and brief bios of the six children these oblivious monsters have killed before they had time to be best. After each sweet young face: "She/he died on - the date - in our government's custody. She/he was 10, 7, 8, 16, 2, 16." He ends, "For 10 years, not one migrant child died in U.S. government custody...How many more kids must die before we end this madness?"
From one eyewitness to the camps: "Some of the children are describing just being given one blanket and having to decide whether to put it under them or over them, because there is air-conditioning...So they're having to make a choice - Do I try to protect myself from the cement, or do I try to keep warm?"
• KIND—Kids in Need of Defense—has been leading advocacy efforts for kids in immigration detention.
• The Women’s Refugee Commission fights against detention and for access to asylum
• The Catholic Legal Immigration Network helps coordinate legal services in response to crises.
• The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is litigating these and other policies at the border.
• RAICES is the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrant families.
• Al Otro Lado serves indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Los Angeles and Tijuana, Mexico.
• The Florence Project provides legal and social services to detained immigrants in Arizona.
• Lawyers for Good Government suggests you contribute to the Project Corazon Travel Fund to send more lawyers (particularly Spanish-speaking) to detention centers. You can also pledge frequent flier miles to fund more lawyers
• Justice in Motion has created a network of human rights lawyers and NGOs across Mexico and Central America to find parents deported without their children and help families reunite in their countries of origin.
• Immigrant Families Together supports bonds, living expenses, and medical and legal needs of migrant families.
• Innovation Law Lab builds tools for immigration crisis response, aiming to improve due process.
• ActBlue has a one-click button to support many of these organizations at once.
• Lights for Liberty is organizing nationwide protests and vigils planned for July 12.