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The Genesis of Family Separation

For a would-be strongman, cruelty is the ultimate deterrent.
An immigrant shelter for unaccompanied minors in Brownsville, Texas.

WHEN DONALD TRUMP first proposed to ban all Muslim immigrants from the United States two and a half years and a thousand Trump controversies ago, the Republican frontrunner was asked if he would have supported the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. “I would have had to be there at the time to tell you, to give you a proper answer,” he equivocated, before proceeding to express his general sympathy for the concept. “It’s a tough thing. It’s tough,” he said. “But you know, war is tough. And winning is tough. We don’t win anymore. We don’t win wars anymore. We don’t win wars anymore. We’re not a strong country anymore.”

One of the things this comment revealed was Trump’s odd belief that the internment of loyal Japanese-Americans had somehow

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