‘They Could Hear their Children Screaming’ – Dark Stories from Trump’s Gulags Revealed
Trump’s hate and fearmongering knows no limits
The stories of undocumented children being forcibly separated from their parents at the border as a result of policies of the Trump administration are heartbreaking. It’s no wonder, then, why the Democratic Party has taken it upon themselves to make it a prominent issue.
Attempts at getting official government info on the matter, however, have been difficult. Not only have congressmen been turned away from these immigrant concentration camps, but while avoiding inspection even by members of congress, and keeping a what is happening in those facilities secret from the public, and the media, the agencies enacting the policies insist that no wrongdoing is taking place. Raising the question that if there’s truly nothing to hide, why are they going to such lengths to keep the public in the dark?
Because of this, public advocacy groups like the American Civil Liberties Union have had to rely primarily on anecdotes from witnesses to get an idea of what is happening, and the results have been horrifying. From narratives of children being physically and sexually assaulted to parents committing suicide, this is a time where Americans will have to decide whether to live up to the ideals of our founding, and what it means to live in a country where these actions are taking place legally.
Adding to that list of cruel tales are a batch of new stories from Representative Pramila Jayapal, who visited a prison facility in Seattle last Saturday, June 9th. There, she managed to meet with over 170 immigrant women who were being held in captivity there, bringing a translator to help communicate their stories to the outside world.
Speaking to The Nation, Jayapal disclosed some of the dark situations undocumented immigrants in the Seattle prison faced without proper legal rights:
“Thirty to 40 percent of these women came with children who had been forcibly taken away from them. None got a chance to say goodbye to their children–they were forcibly taken away. One said she was deceived, because they were in detention together. Then the CBP officers told her she was going out to get her photograph taken. When she came back, she was put in a different room, and she never got to see the child again. Some of them said they could hear their children screaming for them in the next room. The children ranged anywhere from one to teenagers.”
It is sickening to hear. Jayapal also revealed that the Trump Administration has been utilizing a Homeland Security initiative called “Operation Streamline” to mass prosecute up to 70 individuals at a time for the same crime. To give readers some perspective, this procedure was conceived with the intention of targeting dangerous criminal activities such as drug and human trafficking, not asylum seekers like the vast majority of the undocumented victims. Like most things related to immigration, however, Trump has radicalized the agencies and turned them into a militarized gestapo of sorts, that are putting good people into gulags.
Enough has been said about the sadistic policies propagated by the Trump Administration towards immigrants for decent people to know it is time to take action. It is time for people to petition their representatives in congress and demand that they either act on this matter, or risk being voted out of office in the 2018 midterms.
Remember, at the end of the day, politicians are public servants, meaning they exist to serve you. And while money in politics has certainly hurt that relationship, voter apathy and lack of grassroots activism has done its equal part in helping usher in this reactionary breed of Republicans. Start working to defeat them now.
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