Last December 5 Democratic members of Congress toured a remote tent city in Texas that’s holding about 2,700 immigrant teens between 13 and 17 costing roughly a million bucks a day. “It’s in a remote location on purpose so that the American people do not know what’s happening here,” said Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas. Rep. Judy Chu of California said, “We need to shut it down. It’s inhumane. It is a child prison. It has no right to exist.”
BCFS Health and Human Services, the contractor running the facility, told them that this one tent city costs taxpayers about $144 million bucks since opening. Set aside the inhumanity of the Trump administration’s immigration policies for a moment and look at it from a fiscal point of view. The U.S. has approximately 200 facilities holding some 30,000 immigrants on any given day. The combined budget of enforcement agencies was $19 billion in 2016 and it has only skyrocketed since. Think of the good that could be done with all that cash. Think of how much better off we’d all be if we got our priorities straight.
The inhumanity can only be set aside briefly. Immigrants tell of cruelty, illness and filth, and the night and day wailing of hungry children. They arrive after harrowing journeys seeking asylum and are held in overcrowded and filthy conditions. Some are in huge tent cities lacking adequate sanitary facilities. Some are still caged, sleeping on the hard floor with nothing but a metallic sheet where the lights blare 24/7 and they’re often dehydrated and don’t get enough to eat.
Even the death of little 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, who died in custody while waiting an hour and a half before receiving emergency care, doesn’t sway this President or the GOP-ruled Congress. As of June, at least 7 kids have died in border-control custody. Germs and viruses spread like wildfire in terrified, stressed-out victims who are cold, underfed and crammed into cages where they can’t even wash their hands.
Yeah, if it were their guns we were detaining and locking up, the GOP would riot. But since it’s just a bunch of brown people…no big. This needs to change. Progressives unite; push forward. Find me on Instagram/Facebook @blueravenartist