That is what happened to 1,475 minors swept up at the border and taken into custody by the federal government.
Republican Sen. Rob Portman said, “It’s just a system that has so many gaps, so many opportunities for these children to fall between the cracks, that we just don’t know what’s going on — how much trafficking or abuse or simply immigration law violations are occurring.”
A documentary from the PBS program “Frontline” said that the federal government has actually released some of the minors to human traffickers.
This is an obscenity. I find myself grasping for words. Right now, either you stand up as a human being and say Hell No, or you’re acquiescent to the abuse and probable enslavement of innocent and defenseless children. If you have ever kissed your kids goodnight, have appreciated the fragility of a child, and human life itself … you must rise up against this.
Are you a human being, or a monster?
And that’s what I’d like to ask Charlie Baker. Baker has used immigration and “sanctuary state” status as a political punching bag and applause line. He has filed legislation allowing local police to work with ICE, and just yesterday promised to veto the partial Safe Communities Act amendment #1147 that was passed by the Senate. (Nothing from the Boston Globe on this veto — what gives, Globe?)
The amendment would prevent law enforcement from asking people about their immigration status, prohibit collaboration between Massachusetts law enforcement and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and would bar state resources from being used to create a registry based on ethnicity, religion, country of origin and other criteria.
“This would assure police and law enforcement refrain from inquiring about immigration status unless required by law. It would also require police to obtain consent before an interview with ICE and inform them of their right to deny an interview with ICE,” Eldridge said. “It would also prohibit 287G agreements which deputize local authorities to enforce federal immigration law.”
Again, context is everything. Baker might have a point if ICE were a professional, responsible, accountable agency that respected human rights. It is not. It is now a Gestapo of the Trump administration, with the purpose of terrorizing our immigrant neighbors, tearing apart families and delivering children to the worst possible fates. We must throw sand in the gears of this machine, at every turn.
Shame on Baker for using vulnerable human beings to score political points. For our part, may we use our voices to pressure those legislators into creating veto-proof majorities in favor of the amendment. Work on all House members and these Democratic Senators:
Democratic Senators Michael Brady, Anne Gobi, Marc Pacheco, Michael Rodrigues, Michael Rush and Walter Timilty joined the Senate’s seven Republicans in opposition.
Call them. 617-722-2000.
You either side with this machine of abuse, or with humanity.