Either the good people in American law enforcement especially US Customs and Border Patrol are doing their best in an overwhelming immigration crisis at the border with bad laws and reluctant congressional support or the United States has been somehow transformed overnight into a pack of ruthless mean spirited people engaged in a culture of cruelty toward immigrants that must be stopped by the political group think of Congress. Here are some of our more outspoken congressional leaders expressing their opinions during a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing titled Kids in Cages on Wednesday, July 10, or after visiting border detention facilities over the past week.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-N.Y.) said, “Mr. Chair. I just think it’s extremely important that this is noted, that this is not an issue. You know there are debates about money and resources. That’s for another day. But what is being pointed to here is a culture of cruelty.”
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, (D) Massachusetts said “So all I want to say to you, from the bottom of my heart, as a mom, as an American and as a human being is that I am sorry. I am so very sorry that we have failed you. I feel like I have some sort of survivor’s guilt. And I felt guilty for every embrace I’ve still been able to have with my own daughter.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, (D) Michigan said “We don’t need new laws. We need morality. We need an administration that understands there are human rights violations happening. This is about an ideology that this administration has adopted. An ideology that others are less than.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D) Maryland said “The Trump administration has repeatedly stated that there are no problems in the detention centers. And I would simply say we refuse to be blinded by what we see. They say they have all the supplies they need. And they say that all of the allegations of mistreatment are and I quote unsubstantiated. Again we will not be blinded.”
Meanwhile, within 2 weeks of the House passing a $4.5 billion emergency aide package for the border and despite this supposed culture of cruelty, a former oilfield worker camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas, has become the Trump administration’s newest holding center for detaining migrant children after they leave Border Patrol stations. With oversight by the Department of Health and Human Services and operations subcontracted to the disaster response group called BCFS, a reporter spoke with their CEO Kevin Dinnin on location on Tuesday.
Dinnin said, “May, of course, was unprecedented 10,200 kids being referred from CBP to HHS. This is a mission we don’t particularly like. I’ve told you that before. People don’t always believe me because they think we’re in it for some other reasons, which we’re not. But when there are 2,300 kids being held in CBP… Border Patrol stations our organization our board of trustees in fact elected that we will not allow children to remain in harm’s way. We consider children being in Border Patrol stations probably never appropriate but much less when there’s 23 hundred children there.”
And then Dinnin said, ” I feel that there is no other option but the end of the day our philosophy has been in every response that we’ve done for. …it’s been to keep kids out of CBP jail cells. The way the laws are established CBP has a responsibility to take these children’. It’s the way the law is, regardless of their asylum claims they take them. CBP should not be doing child care.”
Includes reporting from The Associated Press
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