Citizen Trump’s pronouncements on the situation for migrants on our southern border are confusing. For example, are the conditions so dire they will be a deterrent to other people from Central America? (Trumpian base of deplorables cheers happily.) Or, are they just fine, and the press — heretofore denied access — should all flock to the Rio Grande for photographs? (Trumpian base of deplorables cheers happily.)
Are there children unwashed? Without toothbrushes? Without medical care? Without clean clothing? Because… they don’t want showers? They don’t know how to brush their teeth? They are better off here than they were at home? (Trumpian base of deplorables cheers happily.) Or, if the conditions are bad enough people won’t want to subject their children to this treatment? Trumpian base of deplorables cheers happily.)
The President has or has not seen the border detention facilities? He said he’d seen the facilities and everything was fine. (Trumpian base of deplorables cheers happily.) Or, he hasn’t actually visited any of the detention centers, but he knows everything is just fine. (Trumpian base of deplorables cheers happily.)
There are, frankly speaking, nothing but mixed messages coming from this incompetent administration regarding the conditions in which adults and children are being held. Further, while we’re trying to find out what is happening in supposedly short term processing centers, we’re not asking enough questions about what’s going on in the TrumpCamps.
This morning the administration is touting improvement at CBP centers, saying only 26 children remain in custody. Good, but of those no longer counted among the border detainees, how many are reunited with family? How many are still separated from family members?
We can, and should be, more specific when asking about those youngsters who’ve been assigned to places like the Homestead facility. Where are the adolescent girls held? Under what conditions? With what kind of supervision and assistance? Do all the youngsters have immediate access to legal representation? To education? To health and recreation programs? Are the children under the supervision of adults who aren’t likely to refer to them by using insulting slang terms?
Unfortunately, we’re not likely to get definite answers, and those we do get will be contradictory and confusing. This cannot continue.