May 28, 2018
Trump said of many immigrants coming to this country: “these aren’t people, these are animals.” A few days later, he added that unaccompanied child migrants “look so innocent. They’re not innocent.” All this was to justify the policy of treating immigrant children as criminals.
The same day he made this second speech, the ACLU and the University of Chicago released a report detailing extensive child abuse at detention centers for immigrants. This abuse included denying children permission to stand or move for days and threatening them with solitary confinement if they didn’t comply. It included forcibly spreading the legs of a 16-year-old girl and grabbing her private parts, denying a pregnant minor medical attention while she was in labor, threatening a child with sexual abuse by an adult male detainee, running over a 17-year-old with a patrol vehicle and then repeatedly punching him, and many other abuses.
All of this is alleged to have taken place during the Obama administration. It has surely not gotten any better since Trump took office.
These children are fleeing poverty and violence that was created by decades of U.S. policies in Latin America supporting brutal dictatorships, terrorists, and criminals, all to keep the populations of these countries under the thumb of U.S. corporations and their local allies. The real criminals, the real “animals” are those, Democrat and Republican, who have directed this policy of destruction towards the poor countries of the world, and added abuse upon abuse when their child victims try to flee to this country.