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Ash writes: "The images and reports coming out of US immigrant facilities are every bit as bad as they seem, and likely worse, based on what we do not see and what cannot be known."

Eight-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonso of Yalambojoch, Guatemala, one of 7 children to die in U.S. custody of border security. (photo: Gomez Alonzo family)
Eight-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonso of Yalambojoch, Guatemala, one of 7 children to die in U.S. custody of border security. (photo: Gomez Alonzo family)

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Shock and Outrage Are Not Enough, Action Is Required

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

05 July 19


he images and reports coming out of US immigrant facilities are every bit as bad as they seem, and likely worse, based on what we do not see and what cannot be known.

These are human rights atrocities being committed on US soil by US officials. Not only are there children in cages, they are being left in those cages with little food, water, hygiene or medical attention. Seven children are now dead and in all likelihood more will be.

To make matters worse, Trump administration officials appear increasingly willing to ignore, flout, or deliberately break the law to exacerbate the problem for political gain. They seem to want what they define as a “crisis at the border” and are apparently willing to do whatever is necessary to create one.

The Democrats now in control of the House seem completely outmatched. While some Democrats appear genuinely distressed at the suffering, the best they can manage are photo-ops on the periphery to score their own political points.

The courts have ruled consistently against the administration and the border security agencies involved. So far, those rulings have had little impact. Conditions have worsened for detainees, and abuses have intensified. Again, these are significant human rights violations occurring on US soil, leading so far to the deaths of 7 children.

Badly lacking inside the facilities are food, water, and basic hygiene and medical supplies. All of which could be supplied by the government if it chose to do so. The other problem is a lack of monitoring inside the facilities. The government’s position is always that treatment of the detainees is adequate or good until evidence emerges to the contrary.

To address the problem, relief workers need to get inside the facilities with basic supplies and constant monitoring, including the ability to document conditions.

There are relief agencies capable of getting aid into the facilities, based both in the US and internationally. The courts can order aid and monitoring inside the detention centers by non-governmental organizations on an emergency basis. Those petitions need to move forward, and the relief effort inside the facilities needs get started immediately.

Standing outside the gates of these facilities in shock and horror is not enough. Relief workers and monitors must be allowed to enter the detention centers and provide the humanitarian aid that US and international law demands.

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+33 # Liebermania 2019-07-05 13:33
+6 # 4angels4 2019-07-05 18:28
I can't imagine anyone who wants to see DJ Trump - and his family members - in prison for crimes of abusing and misusing his presidency for their own financial profit more than I do. I hope that it will come to that before - or very early in - 2020. I am hopeful that between and among all the ways Trump & family need to be held accountable, including through the state of NY, every single one of his/their crimes will be exposed. The more solid, undeniable evidence of wrong-doing that can be proven - and will stand up in court - the better for us all, for democracy, for the world. I am hopeful that with each and every passing day, more solid, unmistakable evidence of wrong-doing is being accumulated against him and his family.
+4 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-07-05 15:00
"Talk is cheap"
+13 # hwmcadoo 2019-07-05 15:07
Our Congress is either embarrassingly incompetent or they don’t really care above photo ops. Expect nothing from Congress who has been told they cannot enter, cannot have cell phones, cameras and cannot speak to the prisoners, and they accept this as normal. They should have total investigative power. We need to realize we live in a dictatorship ruled by a cruel, sadistic, psychopath. History is full of them: Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, papa Doc, Nero, zcaligula and on and on.
+10 # lorenbliss 2019-07-05 16:07
Why nothing from Pelosi or Schumer?

Because each is a member of the Democratic (sic) Party -- that is, the Republican Fifth Column.

Trump is -- despite the smokescreen of bogus protest -- the One Percent's choice as the USian Hitler.

How many times must this be said before we awaken to its unbearably horrific reality?
+1 # economagic 2019-07-05 20:21
"Because each is a member of the Democratic (sic) Party"

That's SICK, as in the SICK Democratic party.
+10 # Robbee 2019-07-05 16:19
so far CCUSA, alone, seems outwhelmed to respond to dickhead's policy to detain hundreds of thousands -

Catholic Charities USA
Restoring human dignity after family separation
Posted onJanuary 10, 2019 | Featuring Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

In the summer of 2014, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley (CCRGV) established a Humanitarian Respite Center as a response to the substantial increase in families seeking asylum at the U.S./Mexico border. Since then, more than 150,000 individuals, including separated and reunified families, have been welcomed at the center

CCRGV received these families at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valley. Upon arrival, the families were welcomed and given a hot meal, clothes, a warm shower, a room in which to rest, and assistance with travel coordination to their final destinations in the U.S. In addition, CCRGV provided each family with a cell phone in order to assist with post-departure case management.

CCRGV supports the recommendations made by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in its report “Serving Separated and Reunited Families: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward to Promote Family Unity.” In addition to halting the practice of family separation, the recommendations include suggestions to prioritize the unity and safety of families in future immigration policies and operation, as well as using post-release services as an alternative to family detention.
+1 # ChefDave 2019-07-05 17:10
It seems to me that our government is chock full of adults who were not nurtured or properly loved in their youth. About 80% maladapted. Much like a molested child who goes on to molest others, they are intent on creating a generation of love starved immigrant youths.

Is it as simple as giving trump a hearty bear hug?
+4 # economagic 2019-07-05 20:24
"Is it as simple as giving trump a hearty bear hug?"

Perhaps, if you get the right bear.
+8 # ChrisCurrie 2019-07-05 17:18
Donald Trump's malicious lies AND ACTIONS regarding immigrants are devastating the ideals represented by our Statue of Liberty. Donald Trump is doing the OPPOSITE of "making America great again."

One of the main reasons so many Latin Americans are fleeing to the United States is because the United State's past efforts to interfere in Latin American politics (embargoes, regime change efforts, etc.) on behalf of the financial interests of US corporations have destabilized MANY Latin American countries (especially countries that have had democratically elected heads of state who have attempted to improve the living standards of their citizens). The Trump Administration' s embargoes and regime changes efforts in Venezuela are now estimated to have literally KILLED over 40,000 Venezuelan men, women, and children already)!

SOMEBODY need to tell the WHOLE STORY about this miserable state of affairs!
+6 # tedrey 2019-07-05 17:32
In other cases, when natioal governments have proved incapable or unwilling to carry out fundamental governmental obligations, the United States has joined with. or even led, humanitarian intercesssions. .. sometimes also involving the removal of the delinquent governemnt.

Is it time for the USA to be Venzuelaed. Or must they learn their full lesson first?
+7 # DongiC 2019-07-05 18:54
Can't the House of Representatives vote censure for Trump's handling of the immigration problem on our southern border?

Can't the House of Representatives vote impeachment of Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors?

Can't Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer take a formal and public stand criticizing Donald Trump for massive child abuse?

Can't the US Congress pass a Marshall Plan ameliorating conditions in those institutions where so many of the immigrant children are packed in like sardines?

Can't the churches of America issue a formal statement descrying the traumatic treatment of immigrant children and one urging that they be treated with Christian compassion?

Can't the Republican Party support decent care for the immigrant children despite the determined opposition of their leader, Donald Trump?

Can't all Americans, act like decent Americans, on this issue of Immigrant children?
+4 # economagic 2019-07-05 20:43
The myriad violations of the emoluments clause are sufficient in themselves for impeachment. There are several other substantial grounds, including obstruction of justice or at least attempts to do so, which Republicans not too long ago found adequate.

The problem is that the Republican members of the Senate, like those of the legislative body of "The Former Soviet Union," vote as a bloc, with severe sanctions against any member who fails to comply.

A failed attempt to remove the President by impeachment would result in chaos, so caution is appropriate. Unfortunately, the Democratic mis-leadership appears to fear that situation for all the wrong reasons, namely, the loss of their own sinecures instead of the quite possible demise of both the empire AND the Republic. But if they didn't realize what they were volunteering for, they are cowards and fools with no business pretending to be leaders.
+4 # David Starr 2019-07-06 07:34
I, like others here, are wondering where are the Democrats on this issue. Some have spoken out, such as AOC and Jeff Merkley. But Pelosi and Schumer seem to be weak-kneed in tackling the problem. New leadership is needed for the Democrats; those that want real change and not the illusion of it.
+1 # coberly 2019-07-06 16:57
if they stand up before their voters are ready for it they may just unelect themselves. and what comes after will be worse.

don't mean to give them excuses, but if politicians were not liars they wouldn't win elections.

i think they get trapped in their lies, if they were ever honest or decent in the first place,

but the problem feeds on itself.
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-06 19:22
Marc raises a real and fundamental problem. There is never any appropriate response from the central government in Washington to the very real crises that beset the nation.

When Michael Brown was killed by a cop in St. Louis and the crisis of police shootings of young black males became well knows and Black Lives Matter, there was the justified demand that the centeral regime do something. Nothing was done. Cops murder about 1200 people each year. On top of this many thousands are brutalized or thrown in jail unjustly. It is a real crisis but nothing is done.

The border crisis as Marc describes surely deserves emergency action. Nothing is being done.

A hurricane devastated Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Houston, and manh other place. Nothing is done or there is no appropriate response.

Let's all just face it. The Washington Regime does not give a shit about human tragedies. But just let N. Korea or Iran launch a meaningless missile or let Russia buy a few adverts on the internet, and all hell breaks loose. Billions of dollars are appropriated for full scale war.

We need to replace the regime in Washington. Border states should simply take over the processing of migrants and refugees. Feed and house people. Provide medical care for them. Tell the Federals to just go home, go back to Washington and join the members of congress in jacking off or some other pointless exercise.

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