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By William Boardman -- Reader Supported News

Children at the Border, Another U.S. Foreign Policy Debacle

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Seeing through the tear-jerking to the guilty U.S. Government

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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.

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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.

Another coalition of civil rights and civil liberties organizations in Seattle filed a class action suit against the U.S. government on July 9. The coalition argues that "putting children into immigration court without counsel violates both constitutional due-process rights and immigration law." The coalition represents eight children, age 10 to 17, who face deportation hearing without representation.

The President was in Texas July 9, meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry, among other things, and sharing a tarmac handshake photo op. Gov. Perry has been asking for help with child refugees for a few years now, although the help he's been asking for is mostly military and para-military (which may be the way he feels all teenagers should be handled, who knows?). For most of that time, the Obama administration has been relatively unresponsive, but Gov. Perry has chosen not to make a big deal of it till now, so there's little evidence to show that those people in power care much about children till there's enough of them to make embarrassing headlines.

As long as the President was going to Texas anyway, lots of people wondered, why didn't he visit the border area where thousands of children constituted a growing humanitarian crisis that was getting global attention?

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The President's answer during a press conference in DalFort Fueling in Dallas

seemed oddly bloodless, not only uncaring, but evasive of accountability:

This isn't theatre. This is a problem.

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