How else are they to feel while locked in a prison?
Courtesy of HuffPo:
Leah Chavla, a human rights lawyer at the Women’s Refugee Commission who recently returned from touring the tent city, thinks kids will spend longer periods in this facility as the government continues to target the sponsors. “It’s a vicious cycle,” she said. “It’s something to be concerned about.”
She points out that since the tent city is considered an emergency facility, it’s not held to the same child welfare standards as the government-run shelters and groups homes for migrant children.
Chavla says kids don’t go to school at the Tornillo facility and have less access to legal and mental health services than they would have in regular shelters. “At regular facilities, there are more check-ins with personnel. At big institutions [like this], kids fall through the cracks, because there’s not enough time or capacity to see all those kids on a regular basis.”
Advocates say it’s traumatizing to force children into crowded tents in the middle of the desert. Taylor Levy, the legal coordinator at Annunciation House, a nonprofit immigrant shelter in El Paso, said she’s spoken to kids who say going to the tent city is a “punishment.”
“They say, ‘They punished us and they put us in the desert,’” she said, explaining that, although group homes and shelters aren’t perfect, they at least have “social workers and school and birthday cakes.”
“Tornillo is prison-camp-like,” Levy said.
I know this story may not be as headline-grabbing as the Kavanaugh hearings, or as entertaining as the Palin saga, but it is SO much more important.
This is our country, ripping children away from their parents, sometimes for months at a time, and throwing them into a prison in the middle of the fucking desert, with virtually no oversight to make sure the children are being treated humanely.
This is just not who we are!
Donald Trump has done a lot of wrong and evil things since he took office, but all of them pale when compared to this.
If there were no other reason to vote for Democrats in 2018, and there are plenty, it should be enough that we need a majority in at least one house of Congress to insist on some oversight of these facilities and to launch an investigation into exactly why in the hell we think this is okay.