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Punished for Crossing Borders

The Trump administration’s treatment of certain immigrants is racist and xenophobic.


The demonstrations across the United States (US) over the last weekend of June against the Trump administration’s persecution of immigrants and asylum seekers were heartening. Outraged by videos of children of immigrants and asylum seekers crying upon being forcibly separated from their parents, images of these children in cages, and US President Donald Trump’s blatantly racist language deriding these people, the participants rallied against the inhumanity of it all. The biggest protests in defence of immigrants were in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC.

Trump, of course, had got wind of the widespread public repudiation of the scheme of separating children from their parents, and backtracked on it. So, families are now being imprisoned together for the “crime” of crossing the border. But, for those children who have already been separated from their parents, there seem, as yet, to be no concrete measures to reunite them with their families. The Trump administration has no concern about the long-term suffering that the trauma of separation would inflict on these children. Trump still seems to be on a high with the Supreme Court having upheld his anti-Muslim travel ban, thinking that, following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, he can now take that Court further to the right, and thereby get a carte blanche to impose more authoritarian measures. He has utter contempt for due process. In one of his tweets about immigrants from particular parts of the world, he writes: “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came.” Such policies deliberately divide working people along lines of ethnicity, nationality, race, and religion.

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Updated On : 18th Jul, 2018


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