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If He Wants to Appear Morally Superior, Trump Must Condemn Migrant Facility Treatment

Armand Yazdani

Posted on October 31, 2020 00:59

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Under the Trump Administration, many migrants have been subjected to inhumane treatment and family separations. If Trump wants to claim his administration is better than the Obama Administration, he must thoroughly condemn these conditions.

When President Donald Trump and presidential candidate Joe Biden debated a few nights ago, many viewers were amazed at the different mood of the debate. The candidates were iterating their points without much interruption, and to a certain extent, they were calmer than in the first debate. And perhaps because of the muted microphones, the debaters were able to better explain their political opinions, allowing Trump to assert his views on child separation of undocumented immigrants.

The president began by blaming the Obama Administration for building the cages holding some migrants. He then claimed that the migrants' children were "well taken care of" in these US facilities, downplaying the separations and grueling conditions many of them undergo. If the president wants to prove he's morally superior to the Obama Administration, he needs to accept the horrors committed in immigration facilities rather than deny them.

Under the Trump Administration, many migrant families were separated and mistreated. Even before the Zero Tolerance Policy was imposed, US border officials separated more than 1000 immigrant families. Children were separated from their mothers and fathers, many in tears. Some of these children were toddlers. By 2018, the Department of Homeland Security revealed that roughly 2000 children had been separated from their parents between April 19 and May 31. No child, whether legal or illegal, should be separated from their parents for simply trying to enter the country.

Above all, many migrants languished in appalling conditions in DHS facilities. The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the DHS for migrants' lack of access to lawyers two years ago. The suit faulted Georgia's Stewart Detention Center and Irwin County Detention Center as well as Louisiana's LaSalle Detention Facility. Some of the migrants in these facilities are forced into cramped areas without space, sometimes without adequate food, medicine and even soap.

Moreover, both Trump and Biden have conceded that these facilities have used "cages" for some children, although the DHS officially denies this, stating it uses "barriers" to separate minors of different ages and genders. According to a Homeland Security inspector general report, much of the refrigerated food in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities was moldy and spoiled. The report found that in some cases, migrants were kept in rooms which only allowed for them to stand for days and sometimes weeks. These are the opposite of humane conditions, even animals shouldn't be subjected to such treatment. 

If Trump wants to assume the moral high ground over the Obama Administration, he needs to accept the inhumane treatment towards many migrants in these facilities. During the Trump Administration, several families were separated and some migrants provided inadequate food and were subjected to harsh conditions. Such horrible environments shouldn't be denied but acknowledged and condemned. 

Armand Yazdani

Posted on October 31, 2020 00:59

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