This is America.
New photos have surfaced of immigrant children separated from their families living in cages at the hands of customs and border patrol agents, and it’s stirring up quite the heated storm among the public. Outrage erupted over social media, as well as on several news outlets, including CNN. Indeed, several protests against ICE’s detainment methods are being organized across the country.
Still, many are confused and lost over the entire situation, which is why we’re breaking it down here piece by piece.
The Report That Started It All
Earlier this month, Senator Jeff Merkley claimed children were kept in cages. MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff claimed he saw the travesty himself. Then, over the past weekend, the Associated Press reported: “Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about were bottles of water, bags of chips, and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.” The image described can be seen below.
After dozens of media outlets perpetuated the terminology, “cages”, to describe what the kids were being kept in, the U.S Border Patrol struck back. As reported through CBS This Morning, “Border Patrol has reached out to @cbsthismorning and said they are ‘very uncomfortable’ with the use of the word cages. They say it’s not inaccurate and added that they may be cages but people are not being treated like animals.”
A cage is a cage, and despite what Border Patrol claims, from the looks of the photo above these kids indeed are being treated like animals.
But perhaps the heart of the matter isn’t the fact that children are being kept in cages–though that is an extremely upsetting aspect, the point is that kids are being forcefully separated from their families just to be cooped up in a dystopian-like facility. Indeed, some of Trump’s cabinet members’ past discussion over the matter proves how purposeful keeping the kids locked up in cages is.
“If you don’t want your child separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally.”-Jeff Sessions
“The laws are the laws. But a big name of the game is deterrence. It could be a tough deterrent–would be a tough deterrent.”-John Kelly
Even White House Advisor Stephen Miller stands by the border policy, claiming the U.S has to be of “zero tolerance” when it comes to immigration.
“No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement. It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period.”-Stephen Miller
At the end of the day, the Trump administration has implemented a border policy that aims to separate children from their families, locking them up in cages and throwing them scraps of resources. This isn’t a sci-fi dystopian film. This isn’t another “lie from the media”. This is America–even Trump’s advisors admit so.