June 26, 2019
News reports this past week reporting the conditions of the migrant camps at the southern border of the United States are nothing short of appalling and sickening.
At one such camp, some 900 children were held in a facility that was built to accommodate 125. The kids choose between sleeping on a bare concrete floor so they can use a blanket to cover themselves for warmth or they use the blanket as a makeshift mattress and remain uncovered as they sleep. The Associated Press reports “there’s inadequate food, water and sanitation for the 250 infants, children and teens at the Border Patrol station.”
Last week, the Trump administration argued in a federal court that toothbrushes and soap are not required for safe and sanitary living conditions for migrant children. Since last December at least five children—Indigenous children—have died due to the Trump administration’s hard-nosed immigration policies.
The latest stories bring to light a humantarian crisis that comes almost a year after the Trump administration was court ordered to reunite children with their family after last summer stories of children being separated from their families drew national headlines and outrage.
It costs American taxpayers $750 per day to house one migrant child. Still there is not enough money for a toothbrush or adequate food. Putting these children in a Holiday Inn with meal vouchers would be a whole lot less costly.
No, this is not fake news, it is Trump’s America. It is the America he presented to his faithful followers that involves hard-nosed tactics to keep America safe from immigrants, especially brown ones, flowing into this country. His followers forget that unless you are indigenous to this country as American Indians and Alaska Natives are, you are part of the long line of immigrants that dates back to before the arrival of the Mayflower.
Last week Trump launched his reelection campaign armed with new baseball caps with “Trump 2020 Keep America Great.” Again, this is not fake news. It is the sad reality of Donald Trump’s definition of greatness. The president and his blind-trust followers, who are so concerned about abortion rights, don’t seem to extend their passion and so-called love for life to migrant children.
This week when questioned about this humantarian crisis that his administration created, Trump blamed Democrats and says it is a lot better than when Obama was president. His followers blindly believe his lies.
In almost any other situation in America involving these deplorable living conditions for children, Child Protection Services would deem the treatment experienced by the migrant children nothing short of child abuse and neglect.
This treatment of children should not be and is not a partisan issue. It is a moral issue that involves all of America and we need to remove the stain and stink of chld abuse of migrant children.