Long-term Target Liberty readers know that I have reframed from calling President Trump the next Hitler. The most I have done is compare some of his economic policies to those of Mussolini. However, recent shocking reports by the ICE handling under Trump of Mexican and South American children is horrific news.
Bill Palmer is not exaggerating when he writes:
It turns out Donald Trump and his Gestapo have been rounding up Mexican families at the border, separating the kids from their parents, and putting the kids into “sponsor” homes that are such ungodly disasters that they made a point of not keeping records of where fifteen hundred of these kids ended up. They’re claiming the kids are “missing.” It’s easy to figure out that some fraction of them are either in abusive situations...Welcome to the Fourth Reich.Here's some background from Think Progress:
How does one “lose” almost 1,500 children?
Last month, Steven Wagner, the acting assistant secretary of the administration for children and families (ACF), announced at a Senate hearing that the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement — which is to say, an office he oversees — was “unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts ofThe Los Angeles Times reports:
1,475 children between October and December.”
Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in San Diego that illuminates what Homeland Security is doing.
The filing says a mother and her young daughter, who are identified only by their initials, had fled the Democratic Republic of Congo — a country facing a humanitarian crisis from growing political violence with religious overtones — after taking refuge in a Catholic church. The mother and daughter arrived at the San Ysidro border crossing Nov. 1 and immediately asked for asylum. Hearing the mother's story, an asylum officer determined that she had a "significant possibility of ultimately receiving asylum," according to the lawsuit, and allowed the pair into the country as the application proceeded.
At first, they were housed in a motel. But after four days, the government incarcerated the mother, 39, at the Otay Mesa Detention Center and, without explanation, sent her 7-year-old daughter to a children's center near Chicago. In the four months since, they have been in touch only by phone, and only a half-dozen times, according to the court filing. Notably, the mother in this instance has not been charged with entering the country illegally. And there was no allegation offered by the government that she is an unfit mother, nor an explanation of why it did not release both mother and daughter to the custody of an immigration advocacy group.
These are not the actions of a humane government. To separate children from parents is unconscionable unless the child is at risk of harm. It becomes even worse when the separation comes as the family is asking for help and protection from the very people who then suddenly split them apart. This is just traumatizing the traumatized, and it needs to stop.
You also have to wonder about the humanity of the people who have concocted this policy.
There is some speculation that some of the "lost" 1500 have been turned over to child trafficking groups.
Republican Sen. Rob Portman said, “It’s just a system that has so many gaps, so many opportunities for these children to fall between the cracks, that we just don’t know what’s going on — how much trafficking or abuse or simply immigration law violations are occurring.”
A documentary from the PBS program "Frontline" said that the federal government has actually released some of the minors to human traffickers.
Trump is a beast.