As of the start of this new week, one would be hard-pressed to find any individual unaware of the horrendous treatment to which the Trump administration continually subjects migrant children in the concentration camps of his own making.
In spite of Trump’s best efforts to conceal the practice, journalists have worked tirelessly for the last few days to gain entry into any center they could breach to document the atrocities and spread the word to the American public
Now, with images, video, and audio abounding, one might expect the Trump administration to have finally conceded that their policy is inhumane, and one of their own creation – but that would require a sense of humanity not yet seen from the once-fringe candidate and his allies.
Earlier on Monday, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen took Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ place at the press podium and somehow lied more expertly than Sanders herself. Nielsen’s favorite fabrication echoed that of her boss, Donald Trump, who blames Democrats for failing to redact the “law” which mandates these actions take place – except the “law” does not exist.
Legendary journalist Dan Rather caught wind of the latest assault on truth, and offered commentary which leaves no wiggle room for the never-ending dishonesty from the Trump White House:
“Let’s be clear – tearing children away from their parents is but a logical extension of this administration’s immigration policy – a policy already steeped in cruelty and fueled by racism and demagoguery.”
Let’s be clear – tearing children away from their parents is but a logical extension of this administration’s immigration policy – a policy already steeped in cruelty and fueled by racism and demagoguery.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 18, 2018
Rather is referring to the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy at the U.S. border, a new policy issued by AG Jeff Sessions a few weeks ago. The policy mandates that every adult apprehended illegally entering the U.S. be prosecuted.
During that prosecution, their children are to be held separately from their parents, primarily in extremely inhumane conditions.
What was once conjecture has now been proven thanks to the tireless work of American journalists. In image after image, children are seen in cages reminiscent of dog kennels, (some are in actual dog kennels) and none of the young children have any idea where their parents are, or if they will ever see them again.
As Rather points out, and this bears repeating, this is not a law: this is a policy put in place by the Trump administration.
Immigration is admittedly a complicated subject, especially given the world’s population at present. But that doesn’t invalidate that these individuals, American-born or otherwise, are people.
This is nothing more than a ploy for Trump to leverage the lives of these young children so that he might make good on his biggest campaign promise – the border wall, for which he’s still yet to secure funding.
With Republicans holding power in all three branches of government, they alone have the power to end this. All 49 Democrats in the Senate presently support a bill, penned by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, which would put an end to this policy. However, not a single Republican has shown a willingness to jump onboard.
There truly is no similarity between the two parties. This isn’t something that can wait until November when every Republican needs to be voted out of power – for the sake of these kids lives, and in the name of humanity, this has to end now.