By William Boardman -- Reader Supported News
Children at the Border, Another U.S. Foreign Policy Debacle
Seeing through the tear-jerking to
the guilty U.S. Government
The pictures of thousands of children huddled in shelters are upsetting, and the tales some tell are horrifying, and that is all a real but sentimental distraction from the entrenched American power that created these conditions. American power uses these children and their families and their countries for its own ends. American power is not likely to make any meaningful changes to solve what is essentially a permanent crisis. Whatever official alleviation there is will be just enough to get those heart-rending images off the front pages so, that the profitable stream of human exploitation can be managed more "effectively." American power insists that these are "illegal immigrants," rather than face the reality that they are refugees from the exercise of American power.
So it's no wonder President Obama doesn't want to have his picture taken amid the terrible results of American policy to which he has been as much a guilty party as every other president at least since Polk.
By his actions over the years, the President appears committed to the U.S. imperial role in the world, especially in "our backyard." There is little serious debate among the governing classes, who seem to feel their mandate is expressed by racist rioting against brown children. But there seems to be another, better America as well, perhaps a majority, out of power and out of the media, but stepping up to care for these refugees, humanely, where they are.
On July 7, more than 100 civil rights and civil liberties, human rights, faith, immigration, labor, criminal justice, legal, and children's rights organizations signed an open letter to the Secretary of the Homeland Security Dept., Jeh Johnson, the man President Obama says keeps him intimately informed on the refugee situation. These organizations adamantly object to the inhumanity of administration plans to open new detention centers for families:
Family detention profoundly impacts the emotional and physical well-being of children and breaks down family relationships". locking babies in prison cells and deporting women and young children to dangerous situations are not the solution.
This open letter has not been widely reported in mainstream media and there has apparently been no response from the administration to date.