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WHERE IS #WHEREARETHECHILDREN? A METATHREAD

Maybe #WhereAreTheChildren can't be salvaged, but not much risk of making it any *more* confusing than it is now. Want to try to sort through some the main takes on this mess out there right now?

Oh hey, me neither. Let's *do it*
1) MEDIA: 1472 CHILDREN ARE "LOST"! #WHEREARETHECHILDREN?

The first, and worst, take. The testimony to Congress in April was not that these kids were "lost," but only that #ORR couldn't account for them after release to sponsors. NOT the same thing.

azcentral.com/story/opinion/…
2) #THERESISTANCE: #WHEREISTHECHILDREN IS ON #ICE, LET 'EM HEAR IT

Separating families is kind of the whole point of #ICE, domestically. But #CBP encounters/processes minors, #ORR handles custody/release.

Please call #ICE, but re: EVERYTHING BUT THIS

3) CIVIL LIBERTARIANS: THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

Viral @jduffyrice take on #WhereAreTheChildren is good, read it if you haven't. I have some minor points of contention, but: she's not wrong, it's grounded in reality, & her explanation fits w/my experience

4) SOCIAL WORKERS: REAL TALK, #WHEREARETHECHILDREN

Sad to see social workers & immigration/civil liberties square off, but missing kids=worst-case for any child welfare advocate. I see & appreciate good-faith concern, but still w/@jduffyrice overall.

5/ YOU'RE ALL CONFUSING 2 DIFFERENT STORIES

Many responses simply point out that the unaccounted-for 1472 unaccompanied kids are a separate issue from new Sessions family separation policy. Literally true, but past is prologue & IMO we need context on UAC policy to fight this.
6/ DON'T GIVE OBAMA A PASS ON UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

Obama's response to juvenile "surge" (2012-2014) was bad, as many of us tried to explain as it was happening. Also important context for crisis Sessions family separation policy will inevitably cause.

7/ #WHEREARETHECHILDREN? WITHOUT LAWYERS, THAT'S WHERE

This rapidly-trending hashtag is a great time to plug @supportKIND, the single most reputable and well-run org connecting volunteer attorneys with kids in #ImmigrationCourts. Give directly here:

supportkind.org/donate/
8/ THIS WHOLE #WHEREARETHECHILDREN THING IS REALLY SUPER CONFUSING, I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS

Many an attempted timely FAQ out there, but @JessLivMo straight *killed it* so just read this

9/ THIS WHOLE #WHEREARETHECHILDREN THING COULD ACTUALLY BE *BAD FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN*

There are several variations on this take, but I agree. Pushing Trump to "fix" a fact-deficient media-imagined crisis only gets us significantly worse policy

10/ LET'S PRETEND THAT THIS POLICY IS NOT SOMETHING MY OWN ATTORNEY GENERAL CREATED AND/OR IS NOT WITHIN THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF AGENCIES UNDER MY DIRECT CONTROL, AND ALSO BLOW UP THE ENTIRE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM BECAUSE I AM THE ABSOLUTE GODDAMN WORST

11/ SO UPON SOBER REFLECTION #WHEREARETHECHILDREN MAYBE WASN'T THE BEST THING TO TRY TO EXPLAIN ON TWITTER DOT COM

Thanks to @thebafflermag for giving me the time and space I needed to get into the history & context of these stories beyond the hashtag

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