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Politics Latest Messages: Interesting..

UNbelievable - A 1-year-old?

Posted: Jul 9th, 2018 - 9:23 pm

"A 1-year-old boy in federal custody who appeared in immigration court without his parents in Phoenix briefly played with a ball, drank from a bottle, then “cried hysterically”
...
Judge John Richardson said he was “embarrassed to ask” if Johan understood the proceedings, AP reported. “I don’t know who you would explain it to, unless you think that a 1-year-old could learn immigration law,” he told Johan’s attorney.
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There are no physical accommodations for children, many of whom can’t even see over defense tables without booster seats."
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/year-old-baby-appears-in-immigration-court_us_5b4290e3e4b07b827cc1e76c
I looked up the CDC's developmental milestones for 1-year-old children (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-1yr.html). I have copied and pasted below the milestones that, in my view as someone who has parented two children past their first birthdays and is working on parenting a third past that milestone, are *not* equivalent to being able to understand and respond to this question:
"Do you understand the court's proceedings?"
Those non-equivalent milestones are:
Social and Emotional
Is shy or nervous with strangers 
Cries when mom or dad leaves 
Has favorite things and people 
Shows fear in some situations 
Hands you a book when he wants to hear a story 
Repeats sounds or actions to get attention 
Puts out arm or leg to help with dressing 
Plays games such as “peek-a-boo” and “pat-a-cake” 
Language/Communication
Responds to simple spoken requests [such as giving someone a book when told, "Give me the book"]
Uses simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye” 
Makes sounds with changes in tone (sounds more like speech) 
Says “mama” and “dada” and exclamations like “uh-oh!” 
Tries to say words you say 
Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
Explores things in different ways, like shaking, banging, throwing 
Finds hidden things easily 
Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named 
Copies gestures 
Starts to use things correctly; for example, drinks from a cup, brushes hair 
Bangs two things together 
Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container 
Lets things go without help 
Pokes with index (pointer) finger 
Follows simple directions like “pick up the toy” 
Movement/Physical Development
Gets to a sitting position without help 
Pulls up to stand, walks holding on to furniture (“cruising”) 
May take a few steps without holding on 
May stand alone
The equivalent milestones, by contrast are as follows:
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Nothing.
A 1-year-old child has no business being asked if she understands court proceedings ... except as a joke. 
And in this instance, it would be a particularly cruel one.
I get that some of you are just going to keep deflecting from how cruelly we are treating infants and small children, to say nothing of the teenagers we've been sexually and physically abusing. "They shouldn't have/Their parents shouldn't have/it's biblical to follow the law/[whatever other reason people have dreamed up for caging and otherwise treating children inhumanely]." Some of you may even embrace it because hey, if we just knock the shit out of enough brown people, they'll stop streaming across the border and our immigration problem will be solved! (Our fields-of-rotting-produce problem will be exacerbated, and that's only one item in a long list of problems we'll face.)
No fact will sway you who deflect from caring. Hell, the same government you trust to treat brown children cruelly is the government you don't trust when it lists milestones for 12-month-olds. Inconvenient facts are brushed aside in your quest to just. not. care.
But in your steadfast refusal to care about that life, All Lives don't Matter.
In your steadfast refusal to care about that life, you're not being pro-life.
In your steadfast refusal to soften your heart, you are Pharaoh -- the villain.
In your steadfast refusal to soften your heart, you have found your true self. 
I hope it makes you happy. 
It makes other people suffer.
"A 1-year-old boy in federal custody who appeared in immigration court without his parents in Phoenix briefly played with a ball, drank from a bottle, then “cried hysterically”
...
Judge John Richardson said he was “embarrassed to ask” if Johan understood the proceedings, AP reported. “I don’t know who you would explain it to, unless you think that a 1-year-old could learn immigration law,” he told Johan’s attorney.
...
There are no physical accommodations for children, many of whom can’t even see over defense tables without booster seats."
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/year-old-baby-appears-in-immigration-court_us_5b4290e3e4b07b827cc1e76c

A 1-year-old child has no business being asked if she understands court proceedings ... except as a joke. 
And in this instance, it would be a particularly cruel one.
I get that some of you are just going to keep deflecting from how cruelly we are treating infants and small children, to say nothing of the teenagers we've been sexually and physically abusing. "They shouldn't have/Their parents shouldn't have/it's biblical to follow the law/[whatever other reason people have dreamed up for caging and otherwise treating children inhumanely]." Some of you may even embrace it because hey, if we just knock  out enough brown people, they'll stop streaming across the border and our immigration problem will be solved! (Our fields-of-rotting-produce problem will be exacerbated, and that's only one item in a long list of problems we'll face.)
No fact will sway you who deflect from caring.l   The same government you trust to treat brown children cruelly is the government you don't trust when it lists milestones for 12-month-olds. Inconvenient facts are brushed aside in your quest to just. not. care.
But in your steadfast refusal to care about that life, All Lives don't Matter.
In your steadfast refusal to care about that life, you're not being pro-life.
In your steadfast refusal to soften your heart, you are Pharaoh -- the villain.
In your steadfast refusal to soften your heart, you have found your true self. 

It makes other people suffer.



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