It’s been widely reported that the Trump regime, spearheaded by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has been separating a record number of children from their undocumented parents and putting them in detention centers. Some sources have compared these facilities to concentration camps and have attributed these inhumane policies to Captain Cheese Doodle’s racist, fascist tendencies.
While these harsh immigration practices are draconian and should rightly be condemned, it must be acknowledged that this policy of jailing children isn’t remotely new. This had been going on for the majority of Obama’s Presidency.
Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families spokesperson Kenneth Wolfe told Newsweek on Wednesday that it had as many as 10,852 undocumented children in its custody—a significant jump from the 8,886 that were in the agency’s custody on April 29, according to the Washington Post. spokesman for HHS’s Administration for Children and Families told
In fiscal year 2013, under the Barack Obama administration, the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) had as many as 25,000 unaccompanied children in its care across 80 shelters, according to a July 2014 article in Mother Jones.
Vox published an article in August 2014 detailing how grotesque our immigration system was under Obama (who deflected blame on Congress in the rare instances he was challenged on the issue). The corporate media opted to barely cover it and liberals apparently didn’t care enough to investigate for themselves.
Obama’s immigration policies, including the separation of immigrant families and putting kids in detention centers, so eroded Democratic support from Hispanic voters that he became known as the “Deporter-in-Chief”. This lead to 35% of them actually voting for Trump over Hillary in 2016. This is astounding considering the overtly racist rhetoric that emerged from Trump’s campaign:
Of course, if you ask Rachel Maddow at MSNBC about this she’ll claim that Trump’s immigration policies are something entirely new, when in fact they are largely a continuation of Obama’s. This is one of countless reasons that Maddow is provably not a real journalist, but a mere peddler of bias propaganda. Why she still has the highest rated cable news show is beyond my comprehension.
But the jailing of children extends far beyond the lens of immigration. Putting children behind bars as a means of punishment for juvenile crimes has been a regular practice in many of the same western-developed countries falsely purporting to have a functioning justice system.
Not only is the United States one of the remaining developed countries to imprison kids, it’s the only one “that routinely sentences children to life in prison without parole”, as reported by The Intercept.
A nation that puts it’s own children in cages cannot also call itself the land of the free. This is a clear contradiction that necessitates bold revolution to achieve moral resolution. To accomplish this goal we must first acknowledge the wrongdoings not just of the present, but to reconcile with the past. Once the majority of Americans recognizes the disturbingly similar policies held by every White House administration since 1981, only then can we can rebuild. Putting bias aside and admitting that Clinton and Obama were horrific President’s is what the Left must come to terms with. The same goes for Republicans in regards to Reagan, Bush, and Trump.
The alternative is to keep flipping back and forth between two sides of the same corrupt coin in a disgusting corporate duopoly fueled by greed and a lust for power, a thoroughly broken system that has monopolized American politics in a nation already circling the drain in exponential decline.
Any truly systemic, progressive change required will never emerge from a voting booth. It will inevitably come from the streets. We must prepare to be bold.