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Pediatricians Confirm Gov't-Sanctioned Child Abuse At The Border

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The Trump administration has failed in its attempt to keep concealed its dirty little secret about concentration camps on the Southern border where prisoners are held in horrific conditions without being charged for crimes.

The Trump administration has detained more than 40,000 children so far this year, a 57- percent increase from last year.

At this rate, we will surpass 2016's record figures of 59,171.

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Every day more horrific details come out about this stain on the "land of the free."

And here are some more that broke this week.

Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, described on CNN what she witnessed when touring one of the camps:

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"I can't describe to you the room I was in with the toddlers. Normally toddlers are rambunctious and running around. We had one child just screaming and crying, and the others were really silent. And this is not normal activity or brain development with these children."

Dr. Kraft talked about the "toxic stress" responsible for the harm to these children's brains, adding:

"It disrupts their brain architecture and keeps them from developing language and social, emotional bonds, and gross motor skills, and the development that they could possibly have."

Kraft asserted what the Trump administration is perpetrating upon these children is tantamount to "government-sanctioned child abuse."

But Dr. Kraft wasn't the only pediatrician to speak out.

Dr. Dolly Lucio Sevier discovered similar examples of infection, malnutrition, and psychological trauma at a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facility in McAllen, Texas where over 1,000 children are being imprisoned.

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Despite examining one child at a time, Dr. Sevier was not permitted to enter the area where the children were held, many in cages.

When Sevier asked the 38 children she examined about sanitation, all replied they were not permitted to wash their hands or brush their teeth.

The Office of the Inspector General released images showing asylum seekers--many women and children--stuffed into overcrowded cages, lying on cement floors.

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People fleeing from Latin America are mostly doing so because of conditions the US has created. The US overthrows democratically elected governments such as Honduras and Haiti, and is now trying to do in Nicaragua and Venezuela.

NAFTA and dumping of low priced US taxpayer subsidized grains has driven farmers off their land because they cannot compete. US and Canadian natural resource and monocrop corps are using US puppets to steal native lands. They hire goons to intimidate and murder resisters.

US corporations such as Tysons and Perdue advertise in Mexico that they have jobs available. Then exploit undocumented workers, with the help of ICE raids to keep the workers scared.

Obama was the deporter in chief. Fake liberals kept mum as long as a smooth talking Democrat was in the WH. It is difficult to be worse than Obama, but Trump has managed to do it.

"Illegal immigrants" is another big issue of my brother-in-law who watches fox news 16 hours a day. He is afraid they are going to steal his SS check. I don't have to worry that he will read this, lol.

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Ted, glad to see you tear into this subject.


I have published numerous quick links on these egregious matters, mainly because I can't stomach writing a full scale article because it elicits such rage and sadness to me.


We in Santa Fe are only a few hundred miles from these atrocities occurring up and down the border. I am passed being embarrassed by Trump on immigration horrors.


The question remains whether several pediatricians can wake up the dumbed down anesthetized indifferent American public to take corrective action.



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Amazing how the Right Wing has no care for children once the leave the womb

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So, ICE and the US aren't running with the efficiency of a Holiday Inn, or even a low budget Motel 6. The illegals could have easily avoided their predicament at least three different ways. 1. Stay in their home country. 2. Apply to enter the US legally before getting to the border. 3. Agree to be deported. The requirements that the US has for gaining admission to the country are not that onerous. The illegals have to learn that if they are going to try to"game" the system, it's not going to be an enjoyable game. OK. So children are getting caught up in the game that their parents decided to play. That's not the responsibility of the American public or taxpayers. There simply is not enough money to lavish on the illegals and provide them with all or some of the perks that are provided to Americans. If you think that our detention facilities are so terrible, I suggest that you visit the ones in other countries.

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