Immigration

Happy New Year, Baby


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Out of all the god-awful, horrifying horrible stuff Donald Trump has inflicted upon this nation, and there’s been a lot, perhaps his greatest offense has been his administration’s treatment of migrant children.

Don’t get me wrong. The past two years has been one nightmare after stupid racist nightmare, with each new one being worse than the last. While the disaster and deaths in Puerto Rico may be the first Trump tragedy that comes to many minds, that situation was one of neglect, incompetence, and a total lack of caring. But, what Trump has done concerning families and children crossing our southern border is intentional. Trump and the racist dregs he’s staffed his administration with setting out to traumatize children as a way to discourage foreigners from not just entering our nation illegally, but from seeking asylum.

Donald Trump is a horrible person. He designed a horrible policy that was implemented by people nearly as horrible as he is. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions got giggly while explaining the new policy and Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen has blamed the parents of children who died while in the custody of Border Patrol.

When this issue is discussed, or I post a cartoon on it, there’s always some Trump sycophant who’ll point out that Obama separated families too. That argument is a deflection and a case of whataboutism. It doesn’t defend Trump in any way. Yes, Obama’s administration separated families, as in, “some” families. The Obama administration didn’t create a policy that EVERY family had to be separated. That is exactly what the Trump administration has done.

Donald Trump and the evil idiots of his administration firmly believe that a policy of cruelty is what will make America great again. When you display to the entire world that you’ll throw children in cages, traumatize them by separating them from their parents, deny people the right to request asylum, and implement policies that actually lead to the deaths of seven and eight-year-old kids, what you’re doing is not making America great.

There are a lot of people supporting Trump who believes this agenda of cruelty is best for America. Near the end of 2018, the majority of the nation rejected Trumpism and his goal of making the United States a more crueler and evil place. They rejected the darkness of the Trump administration and took the first steps toward the light. Hopefully, in 2019, the light gets brighter.

Old Man 2018 is an asshole. When Baby New Year arrives, he better enter from the north as the racists aren’t manning that border.

Everyone in Washington should make it their New Year’s resolution to end the incarceration, punishment, and traumatization of children.

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A Grim Welcome


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For the second time in December, a child has died in Border Patrol custody. For the second time in December, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen deflected blame from her department and placed it on immigrants.

An eight-year-old Guatemalan boy, who Trump would say was at a “marginal age” for believing in Santa Claus, was detained with his father after illegally crossing the border near El Paso, Texas on December 18. DHS said he was transferred to a hospital the morning of December 24 after coughing and exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The child had a high fever, was diagnosed with a cold and released back to border agents with prescriptions for antibiotics and Tylenol. Later that night, Border Patrol agents rushed him back to the hospital after he appeared nauseous and lethargic. There was no emergency medical technician on site, officials said. The child lost consciousness on the way and was pronounced dead at the hospital just before midnight. He died on Christmas day.

DHS won’t say whether staffing in the El Paso facility was affected by the federal government shutdown.

A seven-year-old girl, also from Guatemala, died earlier this month from dehydration, shock, and liver failure after being in Border Patrol’s custody for eight hours. She was buried on Christmas day.

In a written statement, Nielsen said, “Our system has been pushed to a breaking point by those who seek open borders. Smugglers, traffickers, and their own parents put these minors at risk by embarking on the dangerous and arduous journey north.”

Nielsen is blaming the children’s deaths on their parents and Democrats. She definitely fits in Trump’s heartless administration. You’d have a better chance of finding a salad in Trump’s White House than compassion and empathy.

Trump’s get-tough policies on immigrants are the worst our nation has to offer the world. In addition to traumatizing children by separating them from their families, now they’re dying in Border Patrol custody. The buck does not stop at this president’s desk, especially when it comes to the deaths of brown people, whether they’re American citizens in Puerto Rico or immigrants crossing our southern border.

For the past several months, the Trump administration has been routinely turning asylum seekers away from ports of entry and telling them to wait, a practice called “metering” that the administration claims is based on a lack of capacity at ports. What Trump’s defenders, and fans of harsh treatment of immigrants don’t seem to understand, is that it’s legal to ask for asylum. Not accepting immigrants at the port of entry is forcing them to cross illegally, which can be much more dangerous. The Trump administration should be blamed for creating conditions that kill people.

Texas Representative Joaquín Castro said, “There is no reason that President Trump should be asking to fund a border wall when we are missing basic humanitarian pieces.”

What we’re missing is a humanitarian as president.

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Feliz Navidad


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As you celebrate the holidays this season, take at least a moment and think of the nearly 15,000 children currently detained in Donald Trump’s child prison camps.

Most of the migrant children are teenage boys from Central America who crossed the southern border unaccompanied. Most were escaping gangs or poverty and are seeking asylum in the U.S. In November, an average of 175 unaccompanied children crossed the border every day. A senior official with the Department of Health and Human Services blamed a broken immigration system that acts as a “perverse incentive” for undocumented children to cross the border in the first place. Damn this American freedom.

The more than 100 federally contracted shelters (that means someone’s making a lot of money off of this) are 92 percent full. The largest shelter is in Tornillo, West Texas, and it’s composed of heated tents a few hundred yards from the Rio Grande. Currently, there are 2,800 children in the Tornillo shelter. It can accommodate 3,800 children.

There are sponsors waiting for many of these kids. The sponsors are usually family members and the children stay with them while their respective cases for asylum are pending. There is a vetting process for the sponsors, but that process has slowed down to a crawl. The daily discharge rate is about one percent. The Trump administration vets sponsors’ immigration status and requires all adults in a household seeking to care for an immigrant child to submit their fingerprints for a background check. Previous administrations did not do this. They are discouraging people from sponsoring these children.

There are also children being detained because of Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy that separates parents from their children at the southern border.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, detained children often suffer from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. I’m sure that will be on Donald Trump’s mind while he’s golfing at Mar-a-Lago during his Christmas vacation. I hear the resort makes a mean ham.

While the shelters will give the children Christmas “festivities,” they won’t be with their families. They won’t be receiving hugs.

I hope it rains all week at Mar-a-Lago.

Creative note: This cartoon is the bookend to my Fourth of July Cartoon, Feliz Dia De La Independencia. I’m not a huge fan of holiday cartoons and unless I draw one for The Costa Rica Star this week, this is my last Christmas cartoon of the year. I’ve managed to avoid any sitting on Santa’s lap cartoons or drawing the Grinch, who has been in more commercials than Shaq.

My cartoons have file dates and this one’s the 25th (I’m ridiculously ahead and need to take a day off). Though my clients are not required to embargo the cartoons until their file date, I hope at least one of them runs this on Christmas day. Maybe instead of publishing some sentimental holiday crap, they can give their readers something to think about.

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Spray-On Hatred


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I did Nazi that coming. White House hate czar Stephen Miller popped into Face the Nation on Sunday to bloviate about the dangers of immigrants while sporting something on his head that looked like a recalled Chia Pet. Miller should stop taking hair advice from the president and raiding his Adderall.

Miller spent the bulk of his time on CBS promising that Trump would shut down the government if he doesn’t get funding for his racist, xenophobic border wall while pretending that stuff on his head came from his scalp and not a can.

Miller argued that refusing to fund the border wall was the same thing as advocating for illegal immigration and said, “Democrats have a simple choice between fighting for America’s working class and promoting illegal immigration.” I’d argue that milking $5 billion out of the budget for a useless wall that can be defeated by ladders does more harm to America’s working class than immigrants. Miller would probably enjoy kicking over cartons of water left by humanitarians for immigrants, except the desert sun would melt his faux follicles.

What makes less sense than Miller’s new hairline is threatening to shut down the government and having those guarding the border going unpaid. Can we stop the dogmatic lie that those against the wall are in favor of an unprotected border?

The wall is a ridiculous argument but it’s loved by those who love simple solutions and talking points. “Build the wall” is a fun chant for sycophants who form their opinions from internet memes. There’s no thinking required.

The wall is impossible. We can’t build a wall to cover our entire border when it would have to go over private property, mountains, and rivers. If we can’t protect our entire border then how are we going to protect the entire wall from people going over or under it? We’re talking about something that will cost between $20 to $70 billion dollars that can be conquered by Mexican ladders.

On top of all that, the wall is hateful. If the wall is ever actually constructed, it will be a dark spot on our nation’s history alongside slavery and the internment of Japanese Americans. If the wall is built, someday a more enlightened United States will tear it down.

But the wall will never be built. Stephen Miller has a better chance of needing a comb before that wall’s ever constructed.

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Agua


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A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died in the Custody of Border Patrol (CBP) last week. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) statement has only raised more questions than it answers.

The girl and her father were apprehended with a large group of migrants in a remote span of the New Mexico Desert. Reportedly, she hadn’t eaten or consumed water for several days. After being in the custody of CBP for over eight hours, she started having seizures. She was transported to an El Paso hospital where she died of dehydration and shock.

Asked if food and water were given to the child, DHS only replied with blame for the father for taking his daughter on the journey to the United States through dangerous elements. She didn’t die on the journey. She died in Border Patrol custody. She died when she was their responsibility.

CBP and DHS need to take responsibility. If someone’s life is in danger after they’re apprehended, saving their life should take precedent over detainment. The Trump administration needs to take responsibility too.

White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said the administration isn’t to blame for the child’s death. Gidley said, “Does the administration take responsibility for a parent taking a child on a trek through Mexico to get to this country? No.” He then heaped additional blame on Democrats saying, Congress should “pass some common-sense laws to disincentivize people from coming up from the border and encourage them to do it the right way, the legal way, then those types of deaths, those types of assaults, those types of rapes, the child smuggling, the human trafficking, that would all come to an end. And we hope Democrats join the president.

While the U.S. government will only consider claims of asylum from migrants presenting themselves at ports of entry, the Trump administration has disincentivized them from doing so, forcing them to wait in Mexico for lengthy, indeterminate periods of time before considering their claims.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also avoided addressing concerns about how CBP treated the girl but instead characterized her death as “just a very sad example of the dangers of this journey.” Nielsen is a sad example of a cabinet member.

The Guatemalan girl’s death comes months after a toddler died of an illness she developed at an Immigration and Border Customs Enforcement facility in Dilley, Texas.

Aura Bogado, an immigration reporter with Reveal, sent a tweet detailing conditions in the “hieleras,” the Spanish word for “icebox” that detainees and guards alike use to describe CBP’s frigid holding cells.

She wrote, “This is the water people are forced to drink. It’s grey and it’s disgusting. It routinely makes people sick. There isn’t even a place to dry your hands after you wash them. Everything is full of fecal matter.”

Cynthia Pompa, an advocacy manager for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Border Rights Center, said the girl’s death “represents the worst possible outcome when people, including children, are held in inhumane conditions.”

“Lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty within CBP have exacerbated policies that lead to migrant deaths. In 2017, migrant deaths increased even as the number of border crossings dramatically decreased.” Pompa added.

There is a culture of cruelty within CBP, as Border Patrol agents are known for pouring out water in the desert left for migrants by humanitarian groups.

The conditions migrants are escaping from are so bad that Donald Trump’s threats and racist fear mongering isn’t discouraging them. People seeking asylum, at least those below our southern border, know they won’t be welcomed with open arms. Now, it seems they can’t be met with compassion or humanity.

We’re the United States, and we’re supposed to be better than this. Before January 20, 2017, we were.

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A Gas For Liberty


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Donald Trump has now gassed women and children.

Sunday, as a group of migrants near the San Ysidro border crossing stormed a fence, Border Patrol agents launched tear gas into Mexico at the migrants. The fumes were carried by the wind to other migrants, some of whom were hundreds of feet away, who were not trying to enter the U.S.

Trump claimed that agents had used a “very minor form” of tear gas on the migrants. That claim was debunked by his very own commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, who agreed with CNN’s Chris Cuomo’s assertion that there is only one kind of tear gas, its “standard law enforcement,” there is no “very minor form” and it’s all the same.”

There is no tear gas for children.

This is another example of not just how horrible Donald Trump is, but also his supporters. Instead of expressing concern or condemnation after seeing images of mothers dragging children in diapers away from tear gas, they applaud and cheer.

There are still people who do not want to see this nation become one that gasses children, or tears them from their parents and throws them in cages. We are the United States, the beacon of freedom, an example to the world, and a shining city on a hill.

The Statue of Liberty shines a light for the entire world to see. But right now, nobody can see it because it’s in a cloud of tear gas.

Here’s the Black and white, because I just like it.

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Trump Toys With The Border


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When Trump talks about the “caravan invasion,” he’s not trying to protect the nation. He’s only trying to get you to vote for a Republican. This has nothing to do with border security. This is an election trick.

Since Trump and the Republicans don’t have any accomplishments to run on, they have to run on lies (Republicans will save pre-existing conditions coverage) and fear (scary brown people coming to kill you and steal your lake cottage).

Trump and Republicans talk about how the caravan is staged, but if anything is staged, it’s him sending the military to the border days before the election. There’s no invasion for the military to meet, and if there were, the invaders would be moms in flip-flops and children with milk bottles. The military is not police, and they can’t detain anyone. There’s doubt the caravan will even make it to our border.

The biggest threat the military faces on the border is actually domestic. Leaked documents reveal that the military is concerned with violent protesters from the left and the right, and volunteer militias who may become violent and who have stolen military gear in the past.

From the papers, the military is preparing to defend against an “estimated 200 unregulated armed militia members currently operating along the Southwest Border.” There are reports of these “patriotic” unregulated militias stealing National Guard equipment during deployments.

This is an abuse of our military by Trump. Treating the military like toy soldiers you can play with for an election stunt is much more disrespectful than kneeling during the National Anthem. Trump said the military should treat people throwing rocks as if they have rifles, and was authorizing soldiers to shoot the rock throwers. The next day, he claimed he never said that.

What we need to see is just how much of a crisis this “caravan invasion” is after Tuesday. Will the military still be there? Will Trump keep screaming and lying about it at the rate he is now? Will it even be an issue? Will Trump pretend it’s the first he’s ever heard of it?

Trump has shown us there’s no depth he won’t sink to and nothing he won’t abuse for his own selfish gain. Instead of sending 5,000 soldiers to the border he should be sending 5,000 lawyers and judges to help with processing refugee applications.

Trump believes the military is his own personal toy. What he’s revealing is that his brain is emptier than Mr. Potato Head’s.

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