The Latest Trump News: Families Divided at the Border: Soul-Crushing Stories + Silicon Valley Top Companies That Criticize Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” Immigration Policy

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Separating families and detaining children is cruel and unacceptable. Every day, more and more heartbreaking stories appear and many famous people and organizations, including Silicon Valley biggest companies have criticized the new border policy.

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“Womp womp”

The shameful incident happened with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as he mocked a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was reportedly separated from her mother after crossing the border illegally.

While appearing Tuesday on Fox News, former senior Democratic National Committee adviser Zac Petkanas shared an anecdote he had read about “a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome” who had been “taken from her mother and put in a cage.”

“Womp womp,” the former Trump campaign manager responded.

As it turned out later, the girl was being held in a detention facility in McAllen, Texas despite father is a legal US resident, Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Videgaray said at a press conference Tuesday.

The entire nation is crying with Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow was brought to tears and had to end her show, The Rachel Maddow Show, early while reporting about “tender age” shelters in Texas.

Maddow began to report on the issue, but it wasn’t long before her emotions took hold. The reporter posted on Twitter, shortly after the show, to apologize and to tweet out the story she was unable to get through.

This is the statement she was trying to read on camera: “Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three ‘tender age’ shelters in South Texas … Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described playrooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis.”

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has added his voice to those criticizing the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has resulted in the separation of families at the Mexican border.

In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters at his Vatican residence published on Wednesday, World Refugee Day, Francis said he supported the statements made by US Catholic bishops who called the separation of children from their parents “immoral” and “contrary to our Catholic values.”

“I am on the side of the bishops’ conference,” Francis told Reuters, referring to those statements. “It’s not easy, but populism is not the solution,” he added.

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Source: CNS photo/Paul Haring

Silicon Valley vs Trump policy

The biggest companies in Silicon Valley are now in opposition against the White House’s harsh immigration enforcement, CNET reports.

On Monday, tech companies began issuing statements condemning the Trump administration’s actions. Someone even added Trump’s policies to Wikipedia’s entry on concentration camps (though it’s being reviewed).

Here’s what the companies have said:

  • Microsoft released a pair of statements after critics raised concerns about a January blog post in which the company wrote it was “proud” to supply tech services to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including its Azure cloud computing service and the ability to use “deep learning capabilities to accelerate facial recognition and identification.”

“Microsoft is not working with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or US Customs and Border Protection on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border, and contrary to some speculation, we are not aware of Azure or Azure services being used for this purpose,” the company wrote recently.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella went on to call the new policy “simply cruel and abusive, and we are standing for change.”

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Trump administration’s moves were “inhumane” and “need to stop.”

“It’s heartbreaking to see the images and hear the sounds of the kids. Kids are the most vulnerable people in any society. I think that what’s happening is inhumane, it needs to stop,” Cook told the Irish Times.

  • Sundar Pichai, Google‘s CEO, said the stories and images of families being separated were “gut wrenching” and urged the US government to find a “better, more humane way.”

  • The three co-founders of the room and house rental service Airbnb said in a joint statement that “ripping children from the arms of their parents is heartless, cruel, immoral and counter to the American values of belonging.”
  • Box CEO Aaron Levie, who’s an avid Twitter user and often speaks his mind, called the Trump administration’s moves “un-American” and urged the government to address immigration in a “compassionate and scalable” way.
  • Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, himself an immigrant, said the stories coming from the border are heartbreaking. “Families are the backbone of society, ” Khosrowshahi tweeted. “A policy that pulls them apart rather than building them up is immoral and just plain wrong.”

  • Lyft‘s co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer issued statements saying their company would offer free rides to 12 organizations helping families separated at the border, such as The Texas Civil Rights Project, Kids in Need of Defense, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project. Lyft also said it’ll continue to support the ACLU with its Round Up & Donate program, which lets passengers round up the fare of their ride and donate the extra money to the organization.
  • CEO Susan Wojcicki also found the stories “heartbreaking” and recommended ways for her nearly 200,000 followers to help.
  • Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised organizations working to provide families at the border with legal and translation services and documenting events there. He also urged people to donate to those groups, including the Texas Civil Rights Project.
  • Jack Dorsey, the CEO of both Twitter and the payments company Square, threw his support behind the popular hashtag #KeepFamiliesTogether before asking Twitter users for their suggestions about the “highest impact way to help.”
  • Denelle Dixon, chief operating officer at Mozilla, said in a statement the “cruelties” at the border should go “far beyond disagreements over politics.”
  • The online marketplace’s eBay CEO, Devin Wenig, said he supports border enforcement, but not separating families. “America’s moral and ethical leadership is at stake,” he tweeted.

  • Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who stepped down from his daily duties at the social network earlier this year, called a video of the camps given to the press by the US Border Patrol “propaganda.”

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Families Divided at the Border: Soul-Crushing Stories + Silicon Valley Top Companies That Critisize Trump's “Zero Tolerance” Immigration Policy
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Separating families and detaining children is cruel and unacceptable. Every day, more and more heartbreaking stories appear and many famous people and organizations, including Silicon Valley biggest companies have criticized the new border policy.
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