Trump Says The Missing Children Are Now ACLU’s Problem

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Another gross mishandling of immigration

It’s now a week past the deadline for the Trump Administration to have reunited the thousands of immigrant children separated from their families. As a result of the administration's refusal to dedicate the necessary attention and resources to the effort, many of the families who were torn apart by its zero-tolerance immigration policies remain separated. Now, the president’s team is pointing fingers and demanding that someone else clean up their mess of human rights violations by suggesting that the American Civil Liberties Union deal with it. 

In a court filing submitted by the Department of Justice on Thursday, August 2, the Trump Administration’s DOJ said that “Plaintiffs’ counsel should use their considerable resources and their network of law firms, NGOs, volunteers, and others, together with the information that defendants have provided (or will soon provide), to establish contact with possible class members in foreign countries,” reports the Washington Post

This audacious turn of events is more evidence of the administration's tone-deaf abdication of the president’s responsibilities to this country. Turning to the ACLU feels like a sick joke, seeing as it's the organization which originally filed a lawsuit against the administration that resulted in last week’s missed deadline. 

Additionally ridiculous is the fact that the government has been less than helpful through the entire fiasco, frequently misplacing children and parents or failing to properly document their whereabouts. CNN reports that despite the ACLU’s best efforts, they still struggle to obtain complete case files of separated parents, making their job nearly impossible. 

“Not only was it the government’s unconstitutional separation practice that led to this crisis, but the United States Government has far more resources than any group of NGOs,” ACLU lawyers wrote in the court filing. “Plaintiffs therefore hope that the Government will take significant and prompt steps to find the parents on their own.”

As of Thursday, there are still over 500 children who remain separated from their parents, according to NPR—many of which the public fears are in danger, after the death of one child at a holding facility while in government custody. The manpower and funding necessary to right their egregious catastrophe can only materialize with the assistance of the federal governmenthelp they are clearly unwilling to provide. 

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.