There are stories that make you shake your head and stories that make you exclaim “What the…f*ck?” out loud. This is the second kind of story.
According to the Daily Beast Judge Stuart Couch, an immigration judge promoted by President Trump, threatened a 2-year-old Guatemalan boy with dog bites when he wouldn’t be quiet, allegedly yelling:
“I have a very big dog in my office, and if you don’t be quiet, he will come out and bite you! … Want me to go get the dog? If you don’t stop talking, I will bring the dog out. Do you want him to bite you?”
To reiterate this is an adult in a position of power yelling violent threats at a toddler.
One of Trump's immigration judges threatened a 2-year-old Guatemalan boy with an attack dog, yelling: “I have a very big dog in my office, and if you don’t be quiet, he will come out and bite you! Want me to go get the dog? Do you want him to bite you?”https://t.co/q7tSLoKWuk— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) September 10, 2019
According to the Daily Beast the incident occurred in 2016 and that Couch “acknowledged he did not handle the situation properly” after a legal advocacy group complained. This of course means the incident was already on record before Couch was promoted to the Board of Immigration Appeals in August.
A report from Mother Jones notes that the six new judges, including Couch, who were appointed to the Board of Immigration Appeals are all much more harsh in their rulings on asylum seekers than is typical, denying far more appeals than other judges.
The report also notes that Couch and some of the other judges have been observed by lawyers to have “intense tempers.”
It’s obviously more than a little unsettling that these are the people who are ruling on the immigration status of asylum seekers, not to mention threatening small children with dog attacks, which really seems like it should be a zero-tolerance situation. Holy hell.