Public Relations, Nothing More. Quoth the Raven…

Melania Trump has made a so-called surprise visit to a detention center for young undocumented immigrants.  Just look at how nice the place looks in the photograph.  It could be a kindergarten classroom. Now we’re supposed to feel assured the children are indeed treated well.  If so, why weren’t Members of Congress allowed to visit other facilities? Apologies to Edgar Allan Poe. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/21/melania-trump-family-child-separation-detention-centre-visit-surprise Continue reading Public Relations, Nothing More. Quoth the Raven…

Expecting Healthcare Providers to Inform on Patients

During the 1990s, an anti-immigration ballot initiative in California (United States) included a requirement that hospitals report undocumented immigrant patients to a government agency. Voters passed the initiative, but as far as I know a judge blocked enforcement of the hospital reporting requirement. The damage may have been done, though.  Trust isn’t always easy to restore. Every person should be able to get healthcare without intimidation.  There are exceptions, though.  In California, certain types of illnesses and injuries must be reported, and there are valid debates on whether more harm or less is caused when treatment for a sexually transmitted … Continue reading Expecting Healthcare Providers to Inform on Patients

Amber Rudd Takes the Fall

Yesterday, Amber Rudd resigned as Home Secretary, due to the Windrush Scandal constituting a serious ethics violation in government, and the fact that the public has been lied to about the way immigration enforcement in the U.K. actually works.  Some people are questioning why Prime Minister Theresa May hasn’t turned in her resignation as well. I’m in the United States, and I’m recalling the Watergate Scandal of the 1970s.  Although President Richard Nixon did have to resign eventually, he received a pardon from his successor, Gerald Ford.  He didn’t experience the consequences that his subordinates suffered. The United States has … Continue reading Amber Rudd Takes the Fall