I wish the woman on the panel would take a little time to understand why people from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador risk everything to come here. She might learn about years-long drought that means rural farmers can't feed their families. She might learn about gangs that extort so much money from small-business owners (such as shop keepers) those owners can't feed their families any more. She might learn about people who have been threatened with death because they witnessed a gang-related crime. She might learn about mothers who have lost so many of their children to malnutrition-related illness that they send their surviving son to the US in the hopes that he at least will survive. But of course if she did that she might have to think of them as people and then where would she be?
The same woman on the panel stated flatly that these asylum seekers are not bringing their own children; they are "renting" children they can use to get them into the US. That is so ludicrous I don't know what to do with it. Look at the photo above. Do you see that father's arm tenderly, and protectively, curved around his son? Does that look like a "rented" child to you? I wish the woman could actually meet asylum seekers and their children. I wish she could see the fathers in the monastery gently binding their daughters' hair into tidy ponytails, or watch them as they guide their children through the food line and make sure they have enough food, or help them as they try to find shoes of the right size to replace the disintegrating ones their children are wearing. She would have no doubts that these are not "rented" children. I wish she could see the father carrying his child who has a disability. I wish she could talk to the father who was so afraid for his daughter when she became ill while in Border Patrol custody and had to be taken to the hospital, or the father who described sleeping on the ground with his little boy while in US custody with only a mylar blanket to cover them. But if she did see she might have to think of them as people and then where would she be?
Another of the panelists had little sympathy for people who came here "illegally." If their children were treated badly in detention it was their own fault for bringing them. What level of inhumanity do you have to have to think small children should be punished for something their parents have done? And, as the interviewer pointed out, they are not here illegally; they have the legal right to enter the US and ask for asylum.
This week right-leaning media this week is consumed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comparing the detention camps to concentration camps. They feigned outrage that she would compare the US administration to Nazis. They would far rather we argue semantics than talk about what is actually happening in those camps where people (including children) are not fed adequately, are kept in icy conditions, crammed into cells so small that some have to stand on the toilet to make room for others, and children are kept in cages. That's what we should all be ashamed of - not whatever term was used to describe those camps.
In the end I had to stop watching the clip of those voters. I don't know how to speak to people who refuse to accept facts and would rather believe our president's endless lies.
Here's a thread in response to Lynn Cheney's dumb Tweet about AOC's concentration camp comment.
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