The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Holding Children Hostage for Political Gain

Jun 25, 2018

After Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents caused a huge outrage, the administration now says it’s reuniting families. But officials admit they don’t know where all the children are, they don’t know where all the parents are, and they don’t know which children belong with which parents!

Parents have been deported to Central America without their children, and without even being told where their children were. Children were sent thousands of miles away to New York, Illinois, or Michigan, without their parents knowing about it. One judge at an immigration hearing exploded at U.S. officials: “If someone at the jail takes your wallet, they give you a receipt. They take your kids, and you get nothing? Not even a slip of paper?”

At least 2,700 children were stolen from their parents by the U.S. government since October and about 2,400 “tender age” kids under 12 years old, some as young as just a few years, were held in makeshift detention camps. One whistleblower revealed the inhumanity of these conditions by leaking a recording of small children in one of these shelters crying inconsolably for their moms and dads and aunts. Pediatricians warned of permanent damage to already traumatized children.

This was not the first time the U.S. government separated immigrant families. It happened under Obama, and Bush. But it’s the first time a president was so blatant about it, bragging even.

Trump was using these children to get his own way. Before he backed down, he even said it–he wouldn’t stop taking the children unless he got an immigration bill that “MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch and Release, Visa Lottery and Chain [migration], and go to Merit Based Immigration.”

And as if that vile political extortion wasn’t enough, even after Trump finally agreed to stop separating families, he bragged at a rally in Minnesota: “We haven’t let up. We’re very, very powerful at the border. We’re gonna need the wall.... We need to stop people from pouring in.” As if stealing children was “powerful!”

This coward brutalized children so he could pose as a strong man for what he hopes will be an electoral base attracted to such behavior.