As President Trump goads crowds of white people toward hateful racist chants, our taxes are still paying to harm children and families who seek asylum in America. The journalist Aura Bogado, of Reveal News, points out that new facilities are opening. One has 12 children under 5 years old and no mothers.
Records obtained by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting indicate a dozen children arrived at Child Crisis Arizona starting in mid-June, after it garnered a $2.4 million contract to house unaccompanied children through January 2022.
The kids, some of whom entered the facility as recently as Thursday and hail from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador and Brazil, are each living in Child Crisis without a parent.
It’s unclear where the children’s parents are located. Child Crisis didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment. The Office of Refugee Resettlement told Reveal on Friday that it’s working on a response to our questions about the whereabouts of the children’s parents.
Read the rest of the story to learn of the bad conditions these poor children are forced to live in. Who is getting this $2.4 million? Torrie Taj is the CEO of Child Crisis Arizona, a non-profit that is housing the children. There is also a non-profit called Southwest Key making hundreds of millions of dollars staining the history of America. Southwest Key spent $60,000 lobbying the government in 2018. It’s CEO, Juan Sanchez of Austin, TX, made a million and a half dollars before stepping down this spring. Open Secrets shows a Juan J. Sanchez of Austin donated $5,100 to the Republican Party of Arizona in October 2018. That’s corruption. It’s important that we keep focus on the racist actions of our government even as the President spouts more racist phrases.
And, on the other hand, we have citizens stepping up, making an effort to fight the dehumanization. One such person is an academic who works at UMass Amherst, Charli Carpenter. I recommend you read these three posts she wrote. While many disparage academia for being isolated from humanity, it is clear that our public universities are not isolated but doing work that needs to be done if America is going to become a more perfect union.