Update, June 26 at 1:51 pm:

ThinkProgress reports that acting CBP commissioner John Sanders has resigned after only 2 months on the job because of the terrible conditions in the immigrant detention camps.

Apparently, Mr. Sanders has a conscience and some regard for human rights. If only the president of the United States and his GOP Congressional supporters and enablers had the same.


Acting CBP commissioner resigns amid reports of horrific conditions in migrant camps


My earlier comment follows:

Judging by who is taking sides in a Congressional dispute over border funding, it is clear that it is not only Donald Trump and Stephen Miller who support horrendous cruelty toward immigrant children as immigration policy, but also most,Congressional Republicans This was illustrated by two conflicting bills relating to border control funding, one in the House and the other in the Senate.

The Washington Post reports on June 25 that the House has passed a border funding that would also address humanitarian concerns involving child immigrant detainees. Specifically, the bill would:

1) Establish new health and safety standards,

2) Limit the period during which the immigrant children concerned can be detained to 90 days, and

3) Bar private contractors who do not provide adequate accommodations, food and personal items.

One might think that these basic measures to prevent child abuse and protect children's basic human rights would be non-controversial and something that all Americans who believe in this country's core values would support. But not so, evidently, for the great majority of House and Senate Republicans (and some Senate Democrats who voted fro a competing Republican bill in that chamber.

According to the WP, most House Republicans voted against the Democratic bill focusing on humanitarian concerns, while Senate Republican also promoted their own bill focusing on border "enforcement" funding to the exclusion on humanitarian considerations. For further details, see:

House passes $4.5 billion emergency border aid bill with provisions for the treatment of migrant children in U.S. custody

This dispute is not only about whether immigrant children have the right to be treated as human beings, rather than "invaders" and "rodents" as in Trump's rhetoric - and his actions. It is one more example of the ugly history of Republican anti-immigrant racism going back to the 1996 IIRIRA law which was rammed through a Republican-controlled Congress as a rider to an appropriations bill without any discussion or debate, and, very arguably, far back beyond that all the way to opposing the momentous changes toward racial equality in immigration that were enacted in 1965.

Donald Trump and his white supremacist immigration agenda, of which engaging in state terror and criminal violence against children is only one feature, did not suddenly appear out of nowhere.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law