Demand accountability

Layne Stracener

At least seven children have died in immigration custody since last year, after almost a decade in which no child reportedly died while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Border Patrol agents are keeping the migrants uncomfortably cold in cages and severely overcrowded facilities for weeks, not allowing them to have basic hygiene or medical care and not giving them adequate food or water. Children have to take care of other children in some facilities. Children are sick and being neglected. This is torture.

Why is the fact that migrants in U.S. detention should not be treated as less than human even a topic of debate? If you don’t believe this is a problem, you need to practice empathy. Put yourself in their shoes. These are human beings that are being mistreated and neglected at the hands of the government. The fact that this is happening and that people are saying they deserve this is appalling. How can you justify treating other people this way, especially children?

People have said they deserve it because they came to the United States illegally. That argument doesn’t apply to children, not that it should even matter. Also, many of the children and families in federal detention are seeking asylum legally. They are fleeing violence. The United Nations reported that current homicide rates are among the highest ever recorded in Central America.

The Trump Administration has forcibly returned asylum seekers to Mexico. They broke the law to keep asylum seekers from seeking safety in the United States and they are breaking the law by not giving these migrants basic care. President Donald Trump even blamed it on the migrants, tweeting “If illegal Immigrants are unhappy with the conditions in the quickly built or refitted detentions centers, just tell them not to come.” This is hypocritical, and the unsafe conditions are clearly intentional.

The controversial topic of whether these facilities are concentration camps has also been a topic of discussion recently. If we have to debate if this is what they are, that usually means that it’s what they are. defines concentration camps as “a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities.” This situation fits the exact definition of concentration camps. None of this should even be a debate.

The Texas Tribune reported that people tried to donate items such as diapers, wipes, soap, toothpaste and toys to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children, but the border patrol agents didn’t accept them. Under the Antideficiency Act, the government can’t spend any money or accept any donations other than what Congress has allocated to it. There should not be a policy preventing people, especially children, from receiving basic needs.

Last month, the Trump Administration cut funding for classes, recreation and legal aid at detention centers holding minors. Our leaders are encouraging the mistreatment of migrants and taking away funding when we desperately need more.

Trump has portrayed immigrants as job-stealing criminals, he has stated that there is an illegal immigration crisis where there is not, he has separated thousands of children from their families and he has purposely kept migrants from receiving basic care. The administration argued that children sleeping on concrete floors in overcrowded cells, without soap, toothbrushes or proper food and water were being kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities, as required by law. This is obviously not safe or sanitary. Children are dying because they are not receiving proper care. This is a crime.

The Trump Administration, due to its immigration policies, and Border Patrol agents, who even joked about the deaths of migrants, according to ProPublica, need to be held accountable, and the U.S. needs an immigration policy that combines border security with basic human rights.


Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • House of News scores big at MO Press Convention

    September 21st, 2022

    Michael Bushnell Publisher Once again, Kansas City’s Northeast News has raised the bar for Community Journalism in Kansas City’s Historic […]

    The Fourth Estate

    September 14th, 2022

    by bunny the news hound Thomas Jefferson once said, in defense of the press, “Were it left to me to […]

    The lack of black players in American soccer

    August 17th, 2022

    by Aniaya Reed Can you name a black female or male soccer player? I’ll go first, Crystal Dunn, United States […]

    An open letter to our readers, advertisers and the Historic Northeast community

    May 4th, 2022

    From the Publisher of the Northeast News On July 1, 1998, Pinnacle Communications LLC assumed ownership of The Northeast News […]

    Buzz: The end of an era

    April 27th, 2022

    And just like that, the Chief Richard Smith era is over at the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. No fanfare, […]

    News Dog Speaks: What happened to NoVA?

    April 20th, 2022

    People traditionally have short attention spans and short memories, something politicians like to capitalize on when speaking to key voter […]

    News Dog Speaks: Time for change

    February 23rd, 2022

    This critically thinking News Dog thinks a change in paradigms is highly necessary in how the City deals with the […]

    Buzz: Reasonable expectations

    December 29th, 2021

    The News Dog would like to talk a little about Community Journalism and reasonable expectations. When a citizen picks up […]

  • The time for strong neighborhoods is now.

    November 3rd, 2021

    In 1995, Historic Northeast Kansas City boasted one of the strongest coalitions of neighborhood associations in the city. Under the […]

    Northeast News secures more Awards in Missouri Press competitions

    September 29th, 2021

    Once again The Northeast News came away from the annual Missouri Press Association Convention at the Elms Hotel in Excelsior […]

    Shoot, don’t shoot: A Day in the Life of a KC Cop

    August 31st, 2021

    Recently the News Dog was invited by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department (KCPD) to participate in their officer-involved shooting […]

    Marriage: A Bad Idea

    August 18th, 2021

    Lexi GarciaEditorial Assistant One of the many things people think about when they get into relationships is whether or not […]

    The coronavirus is far from over

    August 11th, 2021

    by Tatum Goetting The COVID crisis is not over, and Missourians should not act as if it is. We’re tired […]

    The Northeast community should care more for its high school facilities

    August 4th, 2021

    by Corbin Smith For many high school students, sports are an integral part of their lives. Some students even rely […]

    BUZZ: Parks conditions worst in 30 years

    June 16th, 2021

    Absolutely shameful. The abject laziness and uncaring attitude exhibited by KCMO Parks and Rec Employees charged with keeping Kessler Park […]

    Effects of a blank page

    June 2nd, 2021

    Roughly 60 days ago, the team here at the House of News made the bold decision to publish our March […]

    Pet ownership comes with responsibilities

    May 26th, 2021

    Nikki Lansford Editorial Assistant If you’re an avid Facebook user who consistently peruses any page pertaining to the Northeast, then […]

    Mayor Q’s Corrupt Cronies Volume I

    May 26th, 2021

    Once again, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has shown his true, City-Charter-shredding, open-meeting-violating colors by deliberately making backroom deals with […]

    A lifeline for community news

    April 7th, 2021

    What was born in a “spit-balling” session during our weekly staff meeting discussing how to drastically increase revenue lost when […]

    The Walmart-ing of Community News is why locally owned community newspapers are struggling.

    March 24th, 2021

    The scene is repeated frequently across America. A new Walmart store opens in the community and a giveaway is held […]

  • Faces Of Northeast

  • Remember This?

  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.