The horrific saga of the biggest human rights crisis in recent American history has continued to play out all week, causing a tremendous dissonance and moral rupture in the country.
Public discovery of the Trump administration’s mass warehousing of immigrant children on the border has thrown a bomb into the consciousness of America. Pandemonium reigns from shore to shore.
They certainly don’t seem to feel the least bit bad about it. Let alone accepting their own accountability, they are not even ready to admit they’ve done anything wrong. In fact, they’re just getting started. And they are about to double down.
Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services has now commanded the Pentagon to make preparations to house as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on American military bases, a United States official said.
In simpler language, that means plans to create new detention camps are being drawn. This isn’t getting better.
Jeff Sessions defiantly doubled down against the advice of his own pastor and personal congregation, saying that this will not end until Trump gets his wall.
He sanctimoniously quoted the Bible passage used by slaveholders back before the Civil War to justify their monstrous practice of treating their fellow humans as cattle.
Nikki Haley reviled the U.N. Human Rights Council without ceasing, decrying it as a “cesspool of political bias.”
If it’s a cesspool, Nikki, you and your lot ought to be very happy there. It’s where you belong, but the real cesspool, of course, is the warehouse they’ve been housing these kids in.
The confusion and humanitarian concerns unleashed by Trump’s policy cannot be adequately explained with language. These people have built a hell on earth for little children and are calling it a nursery school.
“We have high standards,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, with no sense of her own absurdity. “We give them meals and we give them education and we give them medical care. There are videos, there are TVs.”
Those high standards she’s talking about-There is a piece of audio recorded from inside that godforsaken pit by ProPublica. Children are screaming. Without stopping.
It makes for some of the most horrible sounds of woe any person ever heard. The lamentations of all democracy were in their voices. This is a mark on our national honor that can never be undone.
Meanwhile, news from the border continues rolling in, bringing with it headlines that defy credulity.
The latter piece began with the sentence “Trump’s zero-tolerance policy is creating a zombie army of children forcibly injected with medications”.
This is not a movie, nor the National Enquirer, nor some nutty Russian disinformation bot.
They really are using antipsychotics on little tiny kids.
Legal filings show immigrant children in U.S. custody subdued with psychiatric drugs. Hardcore ones, too, like olanzapine and ziprasidone, stuff with really heavy sedating properties and awful side effects.
This is the kind of thing that goes on in the darkest recesses of American prisons, according to the testimonials of writers like Jack Henry Abbott and George Jackson. We do this now to five-year-olds?
The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics told CNN the practice is “nothing less than government-sanctioned child abuse.”
The psychiatric community of America is all but unanimous in their conclusion that the incarcerated children are going to be shellshocked for life. Nadine Burke Harris of the Center for Youth Wellness referred to Trump’s policy as a “recipe for toxic stress.”
Post-traumatic stress is nothing nice. People end up on drugs, they have permanent abandonment issues, they can’t sleep, they get night terrors, etc.
Add to this a whacked-out neurochemistry caused by psychotropic tampering done to the person against their will, in early childhood, and you’ve got a deeply wounded human being. For what?
The crime of being an immigrant’s child, taken across the border by your parents.
This is repugnant far beyond anything else the already disgusting Trump administration has done so far, and although he did sign something meant to end the separation of families, the damage has already been done. These kids will never forget this, no matter what else happens in their life.
Raising awareness has always been our task at Millennial Democrats, but this time is on another level from the others. We’ve got to think of something that will get these kids out of that warehouse.
Thinking along those lines, Democrats nationwide announced that they would not wait for Congress to act. A coalition of 10 states filed a lawsuit aimed at making sure that the Trump administration does not continue to separate children from their parents at the border.
“President Trump yesterday signed an empty and meaningless order that claims to take back policies that he put in place himself as a political stunt,” said Xavier Becerra, the California attorney general, who is a plaintiff in the suit. “Meanwhile, these children, their parents and people around the world need answers regarding what comes next.”
“I still think we’re in a state of national crisis,” New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker told The Associated Press in an interview.
Until we get those answers, this crisis is never going to end.