Misplaced blame

To the Editor:

Truth is sacrificed daily by politicians and the media. A prime example of this can be seen in the rabid response of liberals to the “separation of family” issue at our southern border. Broad, unfounded generalizations which seek to lay blame for issues at the feet of the Trump administration are in abundance.

Trump resistors like the Indivisible MDI Steering Committee fall in line with inflammatory rhetoric when they state that “we had a powerful float that brought attention to immigrant children being held in cages as part of Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy.”

I would like to offer some potentially inconvenient truths for Islander readers to digest.

The Trump administration did not create the family separation policy. When the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals extended the 1997 Flores agreement, which provided that the NIS could not keep unaccompanied illegal immigrant children in custody beyond 20 days, to include accompanied children; family separation was created.

The Trump administration is enforcing existing law. President Trump does not have the executive authority to unilaterally change the separation law, as ruled by the 9th Circuit.

Many of the photos being circulated to call attention to the squalid conditions at child holding facilities were taken in 2014 during the Obama administration.

This issue could be addressed by appropriate legislation. However none appears to be forthcoming as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is rejecting a legislative fix in order to “keep the focus” on President Trump.

One must wonder why the righteous indignation being expressed currently was so conspicuously absent when the Obama administration was enforcing the 9th Circuits’ ruling. That silence speaks volumes.

Bruce Hightshoe

Bar Harbor


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