Monday, January 08, 2018

While Trump causes chaos for immigrant families, Franklin Graham distracts with an attack on the trans community

Franklin Graham distracts while Trump creates chaos for El Salvadoran families

And the self-degradation of the anti-LGBTQ evangelical right under Trump continues. And my chronicling of how these hypocrites are debasing themselves continues.

To me, the basic hypocrisy of the anti-LGBTQ evangelical right spotlight because of the Trump Administration is contained in the below tweet starring who else but Franklin Graham:

A little background is in order.

Earlier today, the Orange Menace who is presently infesting our country issued an order today which would kick out over 200,00 El Salvadorans by 2019, many who have been here for 17 years under temporary legal status:

On Monday, the Trump administration announced that it was stripping approximately 260,500 Salvadoran immigrants — who’ve been in the US for at least 17 years, since a 2001 earthquake — of temporary legal status as of July 2019. 
It’s the latest, and most significant, blow in the administration’s fight against Temporary Protected Status, an immigration program that lets the government allow immigrants to stay in the US and work legally after their home countries are struck by natural disasters or war.

El Salvador is the fourth country for which the Trump administration has announced an end to TPS protections over its first year. In total, the administration has set up more than 320,000 immigrants to lose their legal status over the course of late 2018 and 2019 (and possibly as many as 375,000, depending on what it decides to do with 57,000 Honduran immigrants this spring). 
The overwhelming majority of those immigrants have deep roots in the US. And Salvadorans might have the deepest roots of all: Approximately 192,700 US-born children have at least one parent who’s on track to lose legal status due to the administration’s Monday announcement. 
The Trump administration argues that the TPS program was never intended to allow immigrants to stay for 17 years, and that it needs to end temporary status to provide a “permanent solution.” But it’s unclear, at best, that the Trump administration will be interested in pushing Congress to legalize hundreds of thousands of Central American (and Haitian) immigrants. Furthermore, the administration is telling Salvadoran immigrants that they have 18 months to make other arrangements to stay in the US or pack their bags. 
After two decades in the US, hundreds of thousands of families will now have to decide whether to return to one of the most violent countries on earth — or remain in the US as unauthorized immigrants and try to slink into the shadows.

So Trump is going to split up families and throw innocent people, who have been living and working here honestly, in the chaos of a violent country.  And to make it worse, elderly El Salvadorans would be especially hurt by Trump's decision.

But don't expect Trump's allies in the anti-LGBTQ evangelical right to attempt to use any Christian persuasion on  him. If the above tweet  is any indication, count on them attempting to distract by doing such things as spinning hospital decisions into attacks on the transgender community.(the twitter thread contained in this link is nauseating.)

Perhaps I'm being a tad presumptuous, but I tend to think that Jesus would be more concerned about the breaking up of families and the bad treatment of strangers coming to America for safety than another attempt to exploit the transgender community in order to scare people.

Too bad that Franklin Graham doesn't seem to be.

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