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Separating Families At The Border.

Trump Separating Families At The Border.

 

The Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy has led to over 2,000 children being separated from their families.

 

Over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the US – Mexico border between May 9th and June 5th, this is all because of the Trump administrations ‘zero-tolerance’ policy of prosecuting people who cross over the border illegally. The parents have been labeled criminals and sent to jail, their children labeled as ‘unaccompanied minors’ and sent to government custody or foster care.

 

Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents. 1,995 of them were separated over the last six weeks of that window — April 18 to May 31 — indicating that at present, an average of 45 children are being taken from their parents each day.

 

Articles depict children crying themselves to sleep because they don’t know where their parents are; one Honduran man killed himself in a detention cell after his child was taken from him.

 

President Trump caved to enormous political pressure on Wednesday and signed an executive order meant to end the separation of families at the border by detaining parents and children together for an indefinite period.

“We’re going to have strong — very strong — borders, but we are going to keep the families together,” Mr. Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”

 

But ending the practice of separating families still faces legal and practical obstacles. A federal judge could refuse to give the Trump administration the authority it wants to hold families in custody for more than 20 days, which is the current limit because of a 1997 court order.

And the president’s order does nothing to address the plight of the more than 2,300 children who have already been separated from their parents under the president’s “zero tolerance” policy. Federal officials initially said those children would not be immediately reunited with their families while the adults remain in federal custody during their immigration proceedings.

“There will not be a grandfathering of existing cases,” said Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Wolfe said the decision about the children was made by the White House.

But later Wednesday evening, Brian Marriott, the senior director of communications for the agency, said that Mr. Wolfe had “misspoke” and insisted that “it is still very early, and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter.” Mr. Marriott said that “reunification is always the goal” and that the agency “is working toward that” for the children separated from their families because of Mr. Trump’s policy.

The president has also opened himself up to charges of hypocrisy. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr. Trump repeatedly slammed Mr. Obama for abusing his executive authority when he issued an executive order to protect the young immigrants known as Dreamers.

As a candidate, Mr. Trump said he would use executive orders sparingly, adding that “Obama, because he couldn’t get anybody to agree with him, he starts signing them like they’re butter. So I want to do away with executive orders for the most part.”

Mr. Obama, whose administration also grappled with how to handle massive flows of illegal immigrants from Central America, has remained mostly silent during the controversy over the separation of children from their parents at the border. But in a Facebook post on Wednesday, Mr. Obama denounced the lack of morality in a policy that leads to the kinds of scenes that have played out across television screens during the past several weeks.

“To watch those families broken apart in real time puts to us a very simple question: are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?” Mr. Obama wrote. “Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?”

 

 

KLDOWNEY

 

 

 

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Abortion

I know what you’re thinking, abortion? heavy subject for someone that hasn’t written a blog post since Christmas….. m’bad. Right now in Ireland there has mean an on going fight that has divided our country;   the two sides to this fight: Pro Life and Pro Choice. I’ll explain more for those that don’t know what an abortion is and why it has come to people choosing their side. An abortion is, by google definition, is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, now you understand why its a heavy subject? In Ireland it is currently illegal to have an abortion which means many women who choose to have an abortion must go to the UK for the presegure. Those who are Pro Choice believe that it is not right for a woman to have to fly abroad to have an abortion therefore they believe it should be legal to have an abortion in Ireland as it is a woman’s choice whether she wants an abortion or not. Those who are Pro Life believe that it should not be legal to have an abortion in Ireland as they do not believe an abortion is right, their argument is that the fetus or baby, whichever you believe they should be called, should have a chance at life and no one should have the right to take that away from them.

I, like most of my country, have taken a side, a side that is different from some friends and some family but a side that I am very passionate speaking about. I thought about this for some time and I almost didn’t share my opinion on this subject but I decided that this was my blog and if you don’t like what you read feel free to click away, I will understand I have done it before. Ad I am about to hare my opinion I would like to say that I do not mean to offend anyone or convince anyone that they are wrong I am just a firm believer in expressing your opinion as you have every right to do so, so here it goes…..

I couldn’t do it, I have typed out my long opinion and it took me an hour to type but I had to delete it. I am in fear of hurting someone or reminding someone of a time in their life that they wish to forget. I still have my opinion, I will still share it with family and friends but i just can’t bring myself do share it with strangers in case i hurt someone. Just know that you are entitled to your own opinion.

 

KLDowney

After abortion advice:   http://www.abortionaftercare.ie/Mental-Support

Crisis pregnancy:  http://www.wellwomancentre.ie/‎ 

Help for women enduring abuse:  http://www.womensaid.ie/‎ 

Rape Crisis Centre:  http://www.rapecrisishelp.ie/

 

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Christmas Day

Obviously Christmas Day comes every year, if you celebrate it, and I enjoy winter immensely and Christmas has always been my favourite holiday. I am extremely lucky and grateful for everything I receive, and this year I absolutely loved everything I received. But I am writing this at 23:52 on Christmas Day 2017 and I feel sad. How can I feel sad with everything I got? A huge part of us all was missing this Christmas, our go to gal and umber one, granny.  Even though last Christmas she was not very well her presence there made it all normally perfect. Its hard sitting at the table and complimenting the chief on her/his excellent work knowing there is a seat empty that she should be at, knowing that we should all be having less but instead we get more off her plate. Its hard to open presents knowing there is none from her or for her. Its hard to play charades  without her shouting stupid answers, hard to do a tumble on the ground with out her here to read my mind and tell me that I am doing Mission Impossible.

So that’s why I am sad this Christmas, and its ok to be sad at Christmas. Its made to be such a jolly happy holiday yet without that one person that happy holiday can be flipped upside-down, into a lonely Christmas with everyone around you.

Nevertheless I hope everyone, whom celebrated, had an amazing Christmas and I hope everyone enjoys new years’.

 

KLDowney

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Today’s Schooling System

Today’s schooling system is said to have not changed in centuries, which in my opinion is not a good thing, it’s far from it. A lot has changed in the last few centuries: mobile devices, women empowerment, the internet, having a job based on the internet ect, but one of the main changes in today’s century is the paid positions of regular employment. Not so long ago kids were sent to school for the outcome to be the men working in factories and the women staying at home to cook, clean and mind children, but that has changed now women work, they choose their outcome, men work or they don’t and most men in today’s century work in offices paying large sums of money. Therefore if our outcome in life have changed why has our schooling system not? Why are we put through the same school system our grandparents and great grandparents were put through, when our outcome is going to be different? I, as a female woman, know for a fact that I am not going to be sitting at home cooking or minding children as my great grandmother did but i still go through the same schooling system she did.

In today’s schools we are thought to do exactly what we are told, they tell us to open our book and complete a certain task then we open our book and complete that task, but how far is doing what we are told going to get us in life? If we just do what we are told we won’t be moving up in our area of work we will be staying where we are doing what we are told, what I am trying to say here is that we should be given more independence in school, we should be graded on the work we get done ourselves without instruction that will prepare us more than doing what we are told.

Overall my point is is that I am sitting in class learning the same thing as my great grandmother and doing what I am told to do whilst learning a whole book of a subject that is not going to prepare me for the real world.

The full digits of pi are not going to get ME anywhere, but learning about pieces that Robert Fisk has written or Kate Adie will, why is there no classes in school I can take to help me with the career that I want to pursue? Why should I have to wait until college to learn this? I am certain the others with other career paths feel the same way I do.

We need to improve today’s schooling system, I need to know how to pay tax, I need to know what i want to do when I leave without making a mistake. 

 KLDowney.

 

   

anxiety, Uncategorized, World Matters

Why I have not written a post in so long….

Anyone that actually reads my blog, or has even just read it once, might maybe be wondering why I haven’t posted in so long and well the truth is I don’t know. It’s been in the back of my mind for months, “I should really write something”, but I haven’t and it’s probably cause I’m just really lazy maybe, but I’ve had a lot going on like everyone else in the world but I’ve been thinking and I really want to make this blog honest and so I will be writing more on my opinion on world matters, you do not have to agree with my opinion but I do ask that you will respect it. An opinion is never wrong.

KLDowney

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Crunchie Chocolate Chunky Cookies

These are delicious, chunky cookies that I make all of the time! Baking is a great stress reliever and so I would recommend you make these 

Prep: 15 minutes                                          Cooking time: 12 minutes 

Ingredients                                                 200g Crunchie Chocolate (Cadburys)                                             200g Milk Chocolate (Cadburys)     200g unsalted butter                               300g caster sugar                                       1 large egg                                                    325g self-raising flour 


Method                                                           Preheat oven to 180 degrees/ Gas mark 4.  Line two baking trays with grease proof paper.  In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until smooth. Gradually add the flour until well combined, then add the squares of chocolate. Divide into balls and squash them down gently onto the baking trays. Leave plenty of space between each cookie. Bale for 12 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream ! 


KLDowney

 


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My Future Godchild

This is a special post for my future godchild.

Today June 1st 2017 I found out your beautiful mother, my amazing aunt, was pregnant with her 2nd beautiful baby. I can not express the happiness that I felt knowing that in 6 months I would have a beautiful new baby cousin, whom would also be my godchild. My godchild. Well my godchild, I hope you read this some day and know that I love you more than love can love itself and I promise I will be the best godmother I can be…. like ever! I should I also let you know I’m mentally insane, just like your auntie niamh, and I will embarrass you at some stage in your life but you’re just gonna have to go with it!(just as I did with my beautiful godmother).

As much as you’re gonna be a lucky kid because you’ll have the best older sister, the best auntie, the best cousins, a decent godmother and amazing parents! You won’t have meet the person that we all loved more than anything ever in the world, granny Cathy. But she’ll love you so much kid and she will, I promise you, she will be with you every step of the way all day everyday! And if that doesn’t freak you out I don’t know what will!:))I promise to also be there with you all day every day, I promise to love you even when you’re crying( yeah even when you’re crying). I promise to protect you and remind you how incredible you are to me and how you brightened my life, yes I do already know this even though it’s June 1st 2017! I love you kiddo and I can’t wait to meet my new best friend,

Godmother x

KLDowney