Migrant

Where’s The Pro-Life Crowd?


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Earlier this week, a 16-year-old boy from Guatemala died after being apprehended at the U.S. Border. He is the fifth migrant child since December to die after being apprehended at the U.S. border.

The boy was “found unresponsive” during a routine welfare check Monday morning at Weslaco Station, the facility where he was being held. The boy was taken into custody after crossing the U.S. border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley on May 13 and was due to be moved into custody of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, which oversees care of unaccompanied or separated migrant children after they are initially processed by immigration authorities.

Do you have right-wing whackanoodles among your friends and followers on social media? If so, have they been going ape in rejoicing about the numerous abortion bans taking place in red states across the nation? Of course they have. Now, go visit their pages and see how much outrage these “pro-life” people have over children dying in U.S. custody under Donald Trump’s child-separation policy. What’s that you say? Crickets?

Crickets.

These people are not pro-life. They’ll scream for a fetus but they don’t care about feeding a child, providing housing, free lunches, healthcare, etc. They’ll celebrate drug testing welfare recipients and denying a child food if a little marijuana is traced in one of their parents. They do not care about children.

They only care about controlling women and legislating their religious morality upon the rest of us, while not actually possessing any ethics or principles.

These people are not the champions of justice. They’re the champions of pain, suffering, and cruelty. They’re the champions of hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance.

To be “pro-life,” you need to defend life, not just when you believe it begins. You need to defend the lives of children, no matter where they’re from.

There should be no borders when it comes to defending the life of a child. The pro-life crowd stops at the border of your uterus.

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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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Contrary to what a lot of Republicans believe, people do not enter this nation illegally to take advantage of social services and vote for Democrats. They enter this country for safety and employment.

Of course, it’s illegal to hire undocumented workers, but for some reason, they keep coming. That’s because American employers keep hiring them. There is a system called E-Verify where employers can check a potential hire’s papers to make sure it’s legal to employ them. But, there are companies that do not participate in this and will trust that the documents an immigrant provides are authentic. A lot of times, they know they’re not genuine, but they can claim ignorance if they’re ever caught. That’s exactly what the Trump Organization is doing, which is on an amazing streak of ignorance.

During the presidential campaign, Trump boasted that his new hotel in Washington was using E-Verify. Like he does about most issues, Trump was lying.

Victorina Morales works for Trump’s resort in Bedminster, New Jersey where she does jobs Americans don’t want, like making Donald Trump’s bed and cleaning his toilet. She entered the country illegally in 1999 and was hired by the Trump Organization using phony documents. She says the company knows she’s here illegally and there are several more employed like her. She says an employee of the golf course drives her and a group of others to work every day because it is known that they cannot legally obtain driver’s licenses.

Sandra Diaz entered from Costa Rica and is a legal resident now, but from 2010 to 2013, she too worked illegally at Bedminster.

Morales and Diaz told their story to The New York Times and said supervisors took steps to help workers evade detection and keep their jobs.

Morales says she feels she can no longer remain silent and is willing to risk her job and safety to speak out against Trump’s attacks on immigrants from Latin America, including equating them with violent criminals. She was also motivated by abusive comments from a supervisor at work about her intelligence and immigration status.

She says, “We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money. We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation.”

Donald Trump has used immigrants to make his bed, clean his toilet, and stoke fear into his racist base of supporters. He built his entire campaign from day one by vilifying immigrants, calling them “rapists,” and “murderers,” though he assumed some are “fine people.”

Those are probably the ones cleaning his toilet.

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