Trump’s handling of immigrant children his shame, America’s shame. Something must be done. Now, not several months or a year from now.
This morning, I share certain facts.
Zero Tolerance went into effect May 5. From May 5 to June 9, 2,342 children have been separated from their parents. Children’s ages 3 months to 18 years.
Pictures of children were provided by the government. The media picked up right away that the photos were only of boys. Where were pictures of babies and girls?
No government response for 4 days. Then yesterday, the media was advised that baby pics (described as toddlers by the government) and girls would be made available. In two days. Could not be done immediately.
Major reporters were in border cities yesterday trying to determine what was going on. Especially in south Texas. They were denied access to places housing children. Could not even get close to the buildings.
As 10 last night was only 1-2 minutes away, a breaking news report. Provided brief information re toddlers. Babies and those up to age 5. Where they were being held.
Rachel broke down reading the report and cried on national TV. She could not complete her report. Stephanie Ruhle was in south Texas yesterday. She filled with tears describing what was going on.
Maddow and Ruhle had been asking for days…..Where are the babies, where are the girls?
Recognize that children can qualify as illegal immigrants. Under Trump/Sessions guidelines, they can be tried and deported.
They are being tried. Children 4 and 5 years old are brought before an Immigration Judge. The trials/hearings quick. The child asked a few questions and declared illegally in the United States and subject to deportation.
The children appear before the judge without counsel. However to make sure they know what is going on, prior to trial groups of them have a briefing session to explain their rights. Children 4-5 years old!
An Immigration Judge said the trials were proper because the children had the benefit of the pre-trial briefing. The fact no counsel was provided and the age of those being tried 4-5 years old did not matter under the circumstances.
The children appear to have been separated into different places. I call them child internment camps. The government refers to the toddler camps as tender age shelters. Others, tent cities. Former Walmart buildings being used in several locations to house the children.
Border guards and other type federal employees generally not taking care of the children. Private corporations have been contracted with to do the job. Generally, private prison corporations.
A lot of money involved. It has been reported the former Walmart buildings alone cost $10 million to use for the children. It has also been reported that the cost to care for each child is $134 a day. Thousands of children confined. The dollar numbers big.
I am willing to bet corruption is or will be involved. Too much money moving too fast for there not to be.
Pay attention to the length of time many of the children will be interned. Supposedly, they have to be dealt with in 20 days. Good luck! The private corporations will find reasons why they have to remain confined longer. The dollars will continue to ring up on a daily basis.
Private prison corporations have been used by the federal government and some states for several years. They are under scrutiny. Poor treatment to those confined one of the problems. How are and will the children be treated?
It took only four weeks for the Nazis to confine 400,00 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. October through November 16, 1940. It has taken the Trump administration a comparable time period to confine the children.
I have been warning of Trump having a Hitler mentality. Recent comments by me suggest Trump actions resulted in situations comparable to what were occurring in the early to mid 1930’s in Germany. The Warsaw Ghetto was 1940.
Trump is becoming more authoritarian by day. The immigrant children situation the most recent example.
My column in this week’s KONK Life edition hits the stands today. In an article titled Sit At Attention Or Die, I made mention at the end that it is possible we may not have a Presidential election in 2020.
Trump has been in office 1.5 years. Look at how much damage he has done in that time frame. He still has 2.5 years remaining. More time to do considerably more damage.
Remember, Trump is a person who admires dictators: Kim, Xi, Putin and Duterte. He appears to no longer respect leaders of the free world. Most recently, Canada’s Trudeau.
We must be vigilant. All of us. The America we know and value is rapidly slipping away.
Normally, I end this blog with: Enjoy your day! I cannot today. My admonition different: Beware!