Thursday, September 13, 2018

Concentration Camp Update: The Fisher-Price Set

Nearly 13,000 Children Held in U.S. Concentration Camps:

Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded — a significant counternarrative to the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of undocumented families coming to the United States.
Population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer, according to data obtained by The New York Times, reaching a total of 12,800 this month. There were 2,400 such children in custody in May 2017.
The huge increases, which have placed the federal shelter system near capacity, are due not to an influx of children entering the country, but a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors, the data collected by the Department of Health and Human Services suggests. Some of those who work in the migrant shelter network say the bottleneck is straining both the children and the system that cares for them.
In other words, we know the line from the administration, that "they're flooding over the border" is bullshit, because immigration levels, both of a legal and illegal nature, from Mexico and other Latin American countries have dropped precipitously over the last decade. In fact, we now know that the largest influx of immigrants into the U.S. today is coming from Asia. I guess the wall they keep yapping about building is gonna have to be 30,000 feet high to keep all those planes from landing.

Also, those coming to the U.S. are not the "immigrant criminal" itinerant masses the administration keeps portraying either.
The Census Bureau’s figures for 2017 confirm a major shift in who is coming to the United States. For years newcomers tended to be from Latin America, but a Brookings Institution analysis of that data shows that 41 percent of the people who said they arrived since 2010 came from Asia. Just 39 percent were from Latin America. About 45 percent were college educated, the analysis found, compared with about 30 percent of those who came between 2000 and 2009.
So, political capital, wedge issues, beat up on unpopular subgroups for votes, etc., in some ways it's the same old tired cycle of stupid and misanthropy that wins elections.

But a key difference here is that the collateral damage of said rhetoric is way more than just another election outcome. With 13,000 children being warehoused in concentration camps throughout the United States, you are going well beyond xenophobic rhetoric for the knuckle-dragging masses, and headlong into the territory of literally destroying innocent children and their lives. 

Deplorable indeed.

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