Donald Trump has not hesitated to engage in the wildest forms of myth making and fantasy about the supposed differences between his regime and the administration of President Barack Obama, whom he accuses of having allowed "criminal" immigrants to "pour into" the United States through "open borders" policies.

But when in comes to horrific abuses against immigrant detainees, Trump is firmly in the tradition of his two immediate predecessors, Presidents Obama and G.W. Bush, at least with regard to up to almost 1.500 immigrant detainees being held at a prison at a dangerous EPA toxic Superfund site in Tacoma, Washington which was initially opened in 2004,

as ThinkProgress reports on July 13.

This article gives an idea about exactly how much care Donald Trump and his two immediate predecessors have been showing for the health and safety of immigrant detainees:

"The detention facility, which essentially serves as a prison, is located within a Superfund site - the designation given to areas contaminated by hazardous waste and selected by the EPA for cleanup due to the danger they pose to both human health and the environment."

The report continues:

The facility is located within the Tideflats, and industrial district within Tacoma. For years, fossil fuel development polluted the soil around the area, prompting the EPA to take action almost 30 years ago. The area is still heavily polluted and is deemed unfit for residents."

And also:

"Comments given to the city of Tacoma regarding regulations for the Tideflats in 2017 reveal residents have detected strong smells in the area along with side effects like burning eyes and throats. The soil in that area contains hazardous substances that can cause cancer and other diseases.

Such complaints go back years, but the Northwest Detention Center opened nonetheless in 2004, despite safety concerns. Both a methanol plant and a liquified natural gas facility are located near the facility."

But environmentally related complaints are not the only ones that have been made against this immigration prison. The above report also states:

"Residential construction is banned in the area and accusations of sub-par food and medical treatment have prompted more than a dozen hunger strikes over the years from detainees, according to CNN."

According to this report, the private prison company GEO, which runs this particular hell-hole and many other private immigration prisons through the country, is also being sued for allegedly using detainee slave labor at the Tacoma facility. And since GEO also happens to be the largest company in America engaged in the private immigration prison business, it is instructive to see how both Trump and his immediate predecessor have handled the use of private prisons to detain immigrants.

To no one's surprise, President Obama's administration tried to put at least some breaks in the use of private prisons to detain immigrants, but business for GEO and other similar companies is expanding under Donald Trump. See a November 21, 2017 NPR story:

Big Money As Private Immigration Jails Boom

But locking up thousands of Central American and other brown immigrants in inhuman conditions which, as the above ThinkProgress article also points out, have been condemned by numerous human rights organizations, isn't just good business.

Shouldn't it also be fun?

Especially at one of Trump's Florida golf resorts, where GEO executives - and warders - this is a democratic country after all - celebrated a lucrative new private immigration jail contract from the Trump administration last October.

One can also assume that while the private immigration prison moguls and their favorite jailers enjoyed their golfing and feasting at Trump's resort, the quality of the food was better than the maggot-infested food that GEO allegedly provided to detainees at the Tacoma, Washington prison, according to the above ThinkProgress article.

This raises the question whether Trump's latest Supreme Court appointee, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will take the side of the immigrant victims of these abuses if their lawsuits, present or perhaps future, against ICE and/or the private prison barons ever reach the High Court; or whether he will take the side of the abusers and human rights violators against the victims, just as he did in a dreadful 2009 Circuit Court decision denying Iraqi torture victims relief against US military contractors at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison during the G.W. Bush administration.

I have recently written about this terrible decision in more detail in my July 13 comment in Immigration Daily. See:

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law