Migrant deaths: Who is at fault?
Blaming Trump for the children’s deaths is absurd, said Siraj Hashmi in WashingtonExaminer.com. When thousands of kids make a 1,000-mile journey to the border in crowded, filthy conditions with little food or water, illness is inevitable. An American Civil Liberties Union report, issued in May 2018, proves the problems at immigration facilities predate the Trump era. Documents generated from 2009 to 2014—when President Obama was in office—allege that Border Patrol agents frequently beat and sexually abused unaccompanied minors and deprived them of food and medical care. The current rage against Trump is “untethered to the facts.”
The deeper question is, Why are we “locking up migrant kids at all?” said Sally Kohn in TheDailyBeast.com. America has a long tradition of welcoming immigrants desirous of “a future that was impossible anywhere else.” These desperate migrants are making legal asylum claims at the border, after fleeing chaos-and-crime-plagued Central American countries. But to rouse Trump’s anti-immigrant base, the administration is denying most of the asylum claims, while locking migrant kids and their parents up in freezing cages. What we need is not a wall, but a coherent immigration policy with heart. ■