Oct 1, 2018
The U.S. government is today incarcerating about 13,000 immigrant children, an all-time high. And the numbers keep growing.
These numbers are not going up because the Trump administration is arresting more kids. They are going up because fewer parents and other relatives are stepping forward to claim their children. So the children arrested by ICE remain in custody for longer and longer periods of times.
Parents are staying away from their own kids because ICE has arrested dozens of undocumented immigrants when they came forward to take care of their children. Trump even brags that his administration is “vetting” people who claim to be these children’s parents more closely. But this vetting isn’t really about ensuring children’s safety – ICE admits that the vast majority of these arrests are for simply lacking documents.
The goal of these latest decisions is not actually to get rid of undocumented immigrants, who number 11 million. It is to terrorize them, by holding children, separating families, and arresting parents. All so the undocumented immigrants will stay in the shadows and keep working.
This terror won’t make immigrants leave the country, but it does make it even easier for the bosses to use them to lower wages paid across the U.S. These attacks on immigrants are attacks on us all.