White House Killed Deal to Pay Mental Health Care of Separated Migrant Families


From NBC News: “The Trump White House blocked the Justice Department from making a deal in October 2019 to pay for mental health services for migrant families who had been separated by the Trump administration, two current and two former senior administration officials told NBC News.

Three sources involved in the discussions who requested anonymity said the Office of White House Counsel made the decision to reject the settlement of a federal lawsuit after consultation with senior adviser Stephen Miller, the driving force behind many of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, including family separations.

. . . ‘Many of these children thought their parents had deliberately abandoned them. The longer that trauma goes unredressed, the more severe the consequences,’ Rosenbaum said. ‘We had a deal, a good deal. Everybody was feeling good about where we were. Then they came back and said no.'”

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  1. I say that at the time and went “Good! Spare them the neuroleptics!” … As long as “mental health treatment”, or that is psychiatry, doesn’t come clean and own up to it’s wrongdoings and pledge to do good, it’s a sordid affair at best. “Less cash cows for Big Pharma!”, another way to think about it.

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  2. Looks like the immigrants dodged one bullet anyway. They deserve that much at the very least.

    Is this another reason we’re supposed to hate Trump, for denying people psychiatrists?

    FYI a major movement demand is to end all state support for psychiatry. Even if Democrats and liberals think that’s “unrealistic.”

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  3. Oldhead

    You said: “Is this another reason we’re supposed to hate Trump, for denying people psychiatrists?”

    Are you suggesting there are not another million reasons why we should be truly hating on Trump?

    BTW, need I point out now, that it was Trump and a few other writers here who tragically ignored science and said that the pandemic would disappear in the fall. How’s that working out?


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    • Posting as moderator:

      There is no rule here that participants in comments are or are not “supposed to hate Trump.” I am concerned that this thread is about to go off topic into electoral politics or some other disrelated conversation that will end up being unproductive and hostile, as has happened recently.

      The point of the article is that the White House refused to pay for “mental health care” for separated migrant families. Arguments about whether this is a good or bad thing are welcome. I don’t want to see an argument about whether this means “Trump is bad” or not.

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      • It was an offhand comment (the Trump reference) so I’m fine with it being removed if it diverts the focus from my main comment (about immigrants dodging a bullet), which was supporting and expanding upon the previous comment by Jeff C.

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