Friday, June 22, 2018
"Torn From Their Mothers' Arms..."
Be very careful not to watch "Law and Order" right after your Significant Other has been watching hours of MSNBC, which has been hyping the Border Crisis all day. It might give you unorthodox ideas.
The story according to the news media is: a bunch of poor-poor refugees, fleeing from Violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, came north to the Texas border, seeking Asylum. They were greeted by Cruel Immigration Agents of Trump, who promptly arrested the refugees, locked them up, and *Tore The Children From Their Mothers' Arms* and carried them off to hidden prisons all over the country, which the reporters Haven't Been Allowed To See -- and therefore *must* be Abusing the children, possibly even selling them to pedophiles, and in any case isn't keeping very good track of which kid belongs to which adult, so probably won't give them back. Oooh, Humanitarian Crisis! Summon the ACLU! Call in the UN! Kudos to a firm of lawyers offering to defend for free all government workers who refuse to remove the children for Reasons of Conscience.
Eventually even Rasty got tired of this, handed over the TV remote-control wand and went off to his studio to deal with his email. I promptly channel-surfed, seeking something more intelligent, and came across a "Law and Order" re-run. The story followed the usual pattern: mysterious homicide leads to a white-collar scam perpetrated by rich man whose wife may-or-may-not be in on the scam. To pressure a confession, the police arrest the wife. There's a scene where she tries the Weepy Hysteria ploy, wailing: "Who'll take care of the children if I'm in jail?" A cynical cop replies: "Child Protective Services will pick them up. We're not going to put them in Rikers with you."
Well, of course US police don't put little kids in adult jails! CPS takes the kids off to processing centers, and from there the kids get put in foster-homes of various sizes. Time spent in the processing centers depends on how old the kids are, and what they need. According to folks who've worked there, the first thing the kids get is identified; ask their names and parents' names, fingerprint them, nowadays retinal-print and DNA print them. The kids are usually given cookies and milk during the process. Next, the kids get washed.
After that, they get a thorough physical exam -- and clean clothes -- and whatever medical treatment they need. For Central and South American, African, and Middle-Eastern kids, that usually involves vaccinations, dental treatment, a course of antibiotics, de-lousing, de-fleaing, and worming. Sometimes it takes more than that, even surgery. In short, while their parents are in jail, the kids get lots of free healthcare. There's even an underground system for desperate poor parents of sick kids to visibly 'sneak' across the US border where they know the border patrol is watching, just to get themselves jailed (and whatever healthcare they get there themselves) and get their kids free healthcare from CPS; even if the lot of them get turned back to wherever they came from, it's often worth the effort just for the medical treatment. Naturally, the US govt. doesn't want to advertise this arrangement; it's having enough trouble providing healthcare to its own poor folks.
Once out of the processing centers, the kids usually go to licensed group-homes, usually tax-funded but privately managed households of 20 or fewer residents. The group-homes are segregated by age and gender, obviously, and the very young children go to specialized "tender age" centers that provide professional care for infants. For pretty obvious security reasons, the locations of the group-homes and tender-age centers are kept fairly secret -- yes, even from self-righteous, blabbering reporters.
Needless to add, CPS is always overloaded, overworked, and underfunded. Yes, the sudden influx of a few thousand kids on the Texas border would have caused amazing stress on the system. Texas CPS would have had no choice but to send the excess kids to centers in other states. I seriously doubt, though, that the system would have lost track of the kids -- not even any late-teenagers who might have wanted to run away and get loose in America.
Another problem which the CPS workers have discovered is that a lot of those kids are not related to the adult "refugees" claiming to be their parents. The whole "refugee" caper is beginning to look more and more like a set-up, wherein CPS and the border patrol -- and, of course, Trump -- are made to look Terribly Cruel for treating children of "refugee" lawbreakers the same as American citizens.
So what's the solution, within the restrictions of federal immigration laws -- which, indeed, Trump inherited from Obama? Especially knowing that, no matter what he does, the media will put the worst possible spin on it?
Well, what he's done is agree, in public, that he won't separate the children from the adult refugees who claim to be their parents anymore. So far, the best the anti-Trump crowd can do with this is to claim victory for making Trump reverse course on his promised immigration policy.
I suspect that they're celebrating too soon. If Trump does indeed have the political power to single-handedly suspend parts of the immigration laws and procedures, then he can indeed rejoin the kids to their supposed parents -- and then deport the lot of them, and use the whole incident as leverage to get The Wall built.
The "refugees" will be shoved back into Mexico, which doesn't want them, so they'll probably be escorted back to the borders of Guatemala. Guatemala is currently dealing with the aftermath of a 36-year-long war between the government and the Mayan Indians, plus the added crisis of a massive volcanic eruption. Life in Guatemala isn't very easy right now, but it's definitely possible. More, with the internal real refugees running from the volcano, there's enough 'confusion' that the returning, failed US-invaders would have no trouble fitting in, even with (now healthy) children in tow. They wouldn't have to go all the way to Honduras or El Salvador, where the gang-violence is worse.
The liberal media, of course, will then blame Trump for Sending Children To Certain Death -- but that will focus public attention on those miserable countries to see just why they're "death traps", instead of relying on vague references to "fleeing violence". The result just might be enough international forces leaning on those wretched countries to finally solve their "violence" problems. I can see Trump quietly pressuring the involved govt.s to let him send special forces troops into the jungles to hunt up the gangs with spy-drones, and wipe them out with other drones, in practice for going after the Jihadists elsewhere in the world.
Meanwhile, there are already people asking on the Internet just why the media is flapping all this outrage about foreigners, who are basically being treated no differently from Americans who break misdemeanor laws. I can see the backlash rising already, using the same phrases the media gave everybody: "children torn from their mothers' arms!"
Whoever put this setup together are not likely to get the results they wanted.