"New reporting reveals Trump administration officials intentionally separated migrant families. Broadcast and cable news largely ignored it. MSNBC was the only English-language network to devote substantial attention to the report." mediamatters.org/immigration/ne…
Here’s some of that reporting, with @NicolleDWallace, who always makes time on @DeadlineWH for developments in what is a story far from over. Kids are still separated.
I’m grateful, too, for @JoyAnnReid’s willingness to put family separations front and center. In this case it was minutes before our VP debate coverage.
My friend @KatyTurNBC also devoted a substantial portion of her broadcast to the separations news, as she always does.
And while it wasn’t counted in the study above, that Saturday @AliVelshi and I had a lengthy and substantive talk about where we go from here given the new developments about who was involved in the “torture” policy, as @P4HR calls it.
I share all this because over two years after this policy became a global headline, some treat it as an “old” story. It’s anything but. @JusticeInMotion @AlOtroLado_Org @supportKIND @wrcommission and @ACLU are all still working to reunite Trump’s still-separated families.
Here’s our story — with @JuliaEAinsley — from last week. nbcnews.com/politics/immig…

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14 Oct
Barrett is wrong. Separations aren’t a political/policy matter — they were deemed unconstitutional in federal court. Bush appointee Dana Sabraw halted wide-scale separations on grounds they violated Fifth Amendment due process rights. Said what Trump did “shocks the conscience.”
See chapter nine of my book. The title is straight out of the court case which stopped Trump’s wide-scale policy and ordered the reunifications of all families.
Judge Barrett to @SenBooker: “that’s been a matter of policy debate and you know, obviously, that’s a matter of hot political debate, in which I can't express a view or be drawn into as a judge.” wsj.com/livecoverage/a…
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9 Oct
NEW: Federal prosecutors who ran a 2017 family separation “pilot program” determined kids should be given a maturity test to confirm they could find their way back to parents on their own, DOJ memo obtained by @NBCNews says. With @JuliaEAinsley. nbcnews.com/politics/immig…
"The analysis focused on whether the child was mature enough to be separated... agents were to determine whether the child could effectively communicate where they were from, where they lived, their address, where they were going to, who they were to meet.”nbcnews.com/politics/immig…
Despite this warning, hundreds of kids *under five* were separated in 2017 and 2018. nbcnews.com/politics/immig…
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8 Oct
There's a fly on his head.
It's still there.
Is it stuck?
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6 Oct
Must-read. Confirms our @NBCNews reporting on the Stephen Miller-led Situation Room meeting where he demanded a show-of-hands vote to separate kids.
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1 Oct
NEW: At the Arizona border, Native American activists and conservationists told me Trump is fulfilling his campaign promise to build a border wall.

The wall, dismissed by some as “replacement,” is destroying the environment and sacred sites, they say.
“This notion that it's not new really takes away from the fact that this is ripping Arizona and the rest of the borderlands in two,” @LaikenJordahl of @CenterForBioDiv told me in front of an example of old vehicle barrier next to “replacement” wall.
“As far as him failing, no, he didn't fail... he's building the wall... he’s doing exactly what he said he would do,” said B, an Indigenous activist of O’odham Jawed as we overlooked Quitobaquito Springs in @OrganPipeNPS. Its water level has dropped during construction.
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1 Oct
JUST IN: 2 million votes have *already* been cast in the 2020 election, 10 times more than this time in 2016, per @ElectProject. That’s something to celebrate if you care about democracy. Remember: FBI says there’s no wide scale voter fraud. @3rdHourTODAY
Here's a further breakdown of those early voting numbers from @AriBerman who knows this stuff better than anyone.
As always, make sure you know the rules where you live, and to #PlanYourVote. nbcnews.com/specials/plan-…
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