Take a close look at this photo. A young immigrant girl crying for her parents, from whom she was ripped away. Regardless of your political affiliations, if you are unmoved by this photo or some of the audio that has been released of these young children sobbing for their moms and dads, then you lack the very things that makes us human: compassion.
Since April, the trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward immigrants crossing the border has resulted in thousands of children – some as young as a few months old – being separated from their parents. There are now 2,300 children (and probably more) who have been put in detention centers (an old Wal-Mart among them), tent cities, and foster homes all over the country. Their chances of being reunited with their parents are nil.
Whenever I hear any of this news, I am sickened. This is how life was in the early days of Nazi Germany. In the event that you find that sentence ridiculous or extreme, I encourage you to read this article in slate.com. It’s harrowing.
From Slate: “In the days since U.S. border protection agents released video of immigrants being kept in cages, and the first detained children began arriving behind the barbed-wire fences of a new government camp at Tornillo, Texas, people across the country have been struggling over how to think about what the Trump administration is doing. Some, horrified by the images and a leaked recording of children plaintively crying for the mothers and fathers from whose arms they’d been torn, have drawn comparisons to concentration camps of the past—particularly the most notorious ones of all, those of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.”
Conservative writers and pundits, of course, balk at the parallels. But from the beginning of trump’s tenure, we’ve been moving toward this moment. It started with the Muslim ban, then Charlottesville, then the glorification of dictators – Putin, Kim Jung un. And now this, using young immigrant children as political weapons because he wants funding for his stupid border wall.
Slate goes on: “When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, he made no secret of his intentions to punish those he viewed as enemies, stamp out “undesirables,” and restore an imagined Teutonic greatness of the past. His government built its first concentration camp at Dachau just over a month after he became chancellor, to house political opponents of the new regime. Hitler knew the histories of Spain, Britain, and the United States. He had experienced the strategies of stripping citizenship from and forcibly imprisoning civilian populations during World War I. As he consolidated power, his staff ramped up pre-emptive arrests of anyone it deemed a target or threat, gaining confidence with every step.”
Many of these children are being kept in “cages.” According to Huffington Post, children at at least 3 detention centers report abuse. This whole cruel fiasco is a white Nationalist agenda and it’s beyond me how anyone can support this maniac and excuse such an inhumane policy, as many so called evangelicals do. This zero tolerance policy was planned, with the administration already ordering 20,000 more cots for these detainees back in April when the policy was implemented.
What they didn’t plan on was how the media has seized on this and how horrified most Americans are by what’s happening.
This isn’t a cultural war issue, like the Muslim ban or forcing NFL players to stand during the national anthem.Or about bad-mouthing blacks, Latinos, women. It’s about children. And how ironic that the republican party, who claims to be the party of family values, remains largely mum.
This fiasco is trump’s Hurricane Katrina. And I hope to hell it unravels his presidency.