In a recent letter, a writer seemed to cast doubt on whether children at the border were kept in cages, denied soap, blankets and “even toothbrushes.”
He should have told of the Department of Justice lawyer who went before a U.S. Court of Appeals last month to argue that it is “safe and sanitary” to confine immigrant children in facilities without soap or toothbrushes and to make them sleep on concrete floors under bright lights.
Needless to say, the judges were less than impressed with her argument. One remarked, “It’s within everybody’s common understanding that if you don’t have a toothbrush, if you don’t have soap, if you don’t have a blanket, that’s not ‘safe and sanitary.’ Wouldn’t everybody agree to that? Do you agree with that?”
The lawyer’s response? “Well, I think it’s — I think those are — there’s fair reason to find that those things may be part of ‘safe and sanitary.’”
The writer was also offended by my using a dictionary to define a concentration camp, due apparently to his sensitivity regarding the Holocaust.
I find his concern less than sincere, especially when the man he supports in the White House is also enthusiastically supported by neo-Nazis and white nationalists.
In a fundraising letter, the president’s campaign informed its supporters that “The president is calling on you at this critical time to remind AOC and Democrats that this is our country, not theirs.”
Recently, the Trump administration announced it is ending a policy that allows immigrants to postpone deportation if they are receiving life-saving medical treatment in the U.S. As has been said before, the cruelty is the point.
Bob Curtis, Pinehurst