There are so many horrors on my radar right now that it is literally jammed. Where to start? Okay, let’s begin somewhere …
I had seen a snippet or two, here and there, but usually while I was deep into research for another post, and I bookmarked a couple of them to look at later, then promptly forgot … predictable, when I have so many different things on such a small mind, yes? Anyway, earlier today I received an email from my dear friend Cheryl, and in it she mentioned her frustration that her church had put together many kits containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and other personal care items to be donated to the migrant children being held in captivity, but that Customs and Border “Protection” would not accept them! This triggered the memory of those articles I had bookmarked, so I went back and did a bit of digging (one needs a long-handled shovel to dig through the memory banks in my head or in the file labeled ‘notes’ on my laptop!)
On June 24th, the Texas Tribune reported …
On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.
About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.
But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.
For a while, the group stood there dumbfounded about what to do next. Ultimately, they decided to pack up and head home. Savage said he wasn’t completely surprised by the rejection; before he left, the group spotted a discarded plastic bag near the lobby door holding toothpaste and soap that had a note attached to it: “I heard y’all need soap + toothpaste for kids.”
A slew of other sympathetic people, advocacy groups and lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have expressed a desire to lend a hand to the kids housed in the facilities. But after purchasing items like toys, soap, toothbrushes, diapers and medicine — especially as news reports circulate of facilities having drinking water that tastes like bleach and sick children without enough clothing — they’ve been met with a common message: No donations are being accepted.
Last week, I wrote a post titled Cruel and Inhumane about the conditions these poor children … CHILDREN … are living in. Washington Post writer Eugene Robinson wrote an opinion piece that went into even greater detail . These children are given a piece of f**king tin foil for a blanket, have no toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, and in some cases no diapers. They are suffering from illness, cold, and malnutrition. They are CHILDREN, and they are being treated worse than prisoners of war would be treated under the Geneva Convention!!!
Our government cannot be bothered to spend a few thousand dollars for the comfort and health of these children, but they can spend millions or more on an ego trip for Damnold Trump to “honour himself” on the Fourth of July??? And on top of it all, they will not allow those of us who have a conscience, those of us who feel compassion toward these children, who understand that they are every bit as valuable as our own children … we are not allowed to donate such necessities of life as soap to these poor children???
The friend I mentioned above writes a blog, Impromptu Promptlings, and she did an excellent rant about this last evening. Please take a minute to read it, to let her add her voice to the fury of my own.
When you go to bed tonight, ponder on something. Ask yourself what kind of country you are living in. You get up each morning, proceed through your daily routine … the view outside your window likely looks much the same as it did three years ago. But it isn’t the same. This isn’t the same country. This is a country that respects an over-bloated megalomaniac far more than it respects the lives of children. This is a nation that supports an agency of the federal government that is murdering children … yes, I said murdering. They are sick, they are not given proper hygiene, they are not given proper nutrition, and they are lacking the love of their parents that is so essential to the health and well-being, to the development of children.
Ask yourself, as you lie awake pondering this, what can we do? How can we stop this madness? Oh sure, there is an election in 16 months, and we can vote the madman out of office … maybe … but how many more children will die before then? Six children that we know of have already died of abuse or neglect in the concentration camps … and yes, they ARE concentration camps by any definition of the word. How many more must die? How can we stop this utter insanity? Think about it. Get mad. Let’s figure this out, folks, for those little kids are counting on somebody to help them.