This week on “Things Trump Said but We Really Wish He Hadn’t,” the president takes a jab at immigrant children. Yes, children. He’s said some pretty deplorable things about immigrants, especially those from our neighbor to the south, but this may take the cake. During a roundtable held at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center, Trump zeroed in on child immigrants specifically, stating quite plainly: “They look so innocent. They’re not innocent.”
Donald Trump on immigrant children: “They look so innocent. They’re not innocent.”
I’m familiar with Godwin’s law & try to avoid it, but the more Trump acts like a Hitler the harder it is to avoid the comparison.
Villainising kids to support racial cleansing is unacceptable.
— Chris (@goingglocal) May 25, 2018
“They look so innocent. They’re not innocent.”
That is what @realDonaldTrump said of unaccompanied minors who are crossing the border
His admin misplaced 1,500 child migrants last year
Now they’re separating immigrant children from their parents
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) May 25, 2018
Didn't he just say “All children are a gift” but immigrant children “are not innocent” So just white babies are a gift???? White Christian Babies!!! This Orange Sith Lord has mental issues!! @realDonaldTrump
— Jeffrey D. Owen (@dylan_rand) May 25, 2018
President Trump’s comments that children crossing the border are little more than future criminals came at a convenient time. On the same day as his latest jab at immigrants, the ACLU released an official report that detailed a history of child abuse at immigration detention centers.
CBP has no regard for humanity, and Trump calling us “animals” encourages more violence. Stand #UnitedAgainstHate with us!
— United We Dream (@UNITEDWEDREAM) May 25, 2018
The 30,000-page document went into great detail about the abuses suffered at the hands of Customs and Border Patrol officials and included the following specific instances:
- Punched a child’s head three times
- Used a stun gun on a boy, causing him to fall to the ground, shaking, with his eyes rolling back in his head
- Ran over a 17-year-old with a patrol vehicle and then punched him several times
- Denied a pregnant minor medical attention when she reported pain, which preceded a stillbirth
- Threw out a child’s birth certificate and threatened him with sexual abuse by an adult male detainee
- Subjected a 16-year-old girl to a search in which they “forcefully spread her legs and touched her private parts so hard that she screamed”
GOP 2016: Trump's not anything like Hitler!
GOP 2018: What's wrong with tearing immigrant children from their parents and putting them in cages? pic.twitter.com/o6L20INBDe
— Nunca Trump (@NeverTrumpTexan) May 25, 2018
It’s clearly a horror show at detainee camps, which leads one to ponder whether Trump’s statements are, in a way, correct. Not because they’re preconditioned to become criminals, but because of the abuses they suffered at the hands of an American federal institution. If this is how the government treats them, what could possibly be waiting for them on the streets once paved with gold?
The new Trump policy of separating immigrant children from their parents is barbaric. It is nauseating. It is un-American.
People are fleeing violence, or persecution, or desperately need medical care, and we greet them by taking their kids away?https://t.co/rGXed4meWU
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) May 25, 2018
You can bet that CBP denied the allegations, calling them “baseless,” and while it’s worth noting these instances took place before Trump’s administration, it’s unlikely to think practices have gotten any better. When Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke of his time as U.S. attorney for Maryland, he claimed that gang activity was “fueled by undocumented children.” He added, “We’re letting people in who are creating problems. We’re letting people in who are gang members.”
This was under Obama. It’s going to be worse under Trump. https://t.co/m8FDqvhyjZ
— Theresa Wilson (@IowaMsAnthrope) May 25, 2018
Though they come here looking for their silver lining, immigrant children are likely only to face horrors. From medieval conditions at border patrol camps to a leader that’s already doomed them to a life of violence, what hope do they have to integrate themselves into the dwindling “American dream”?
Now combine this knowledge with another recent story where Donald Trump said that immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America are “not innocent”, and you have the portrait of a man committed to dehumanization. https://t.co/dfRGnY6vA3 pic.twitter.com/43sm9YjUbv
— Ethan Grey (@_EthanGrey) May 25, 2018