Since the 2016 Presidential Election campaign period, US President Donald Trump has been vocal about his opinion on illegal immigrants staying in the country. Upon assuming his post in the White House, President Trump laid his platforms and proposed changes in the immigration policies, much to the dismay of other leaders who are against stripping away the rights of migrants seeking refuge in the United States peacefully. In spite of all the criticisms, the president refused to back down on acting against illegal aliens inside the country.
Perhaps the most controversial measure done by the Trump administration so far is separating the undocumented migrants from their children. The children are detained inside detention camps, while their captured parents are subjected to deportation to the country where they came from. While the act of separating innocent and helpless children from their parents is cruel enough, there are reports that these children staying inside these detention centers are suffering from unbearable living conditions.
Detention Camps Made To Be Susceptible To Spread Of Diseases, A Physician Said
A group of lawyers and physicians has decided to visit some of the border facilities in Texas upon a reported flu outbreak in these detention centers. The group made an assessment on the detention facilities in McAllen and Clint, Texas, and based on the observation on the field, the conditions in both facilities are unbearable, to the extent that the children living inside these detention centers are like staying inside a torture chamber. To note, these detention centers are within the Texas county. This place is known to boast some of the expert doctors in the country, just like the orthopaedic and surgeon in Austin.
According to Dolly Lucio Sevier, a physician who did the assessment in the two facilities, the condition inside the camps can be compared to that in a torture facility, something that little children cannot survive daily. The group observed the lack of access to medical care, basic sanitation, nutrition, and water. There are teens interviewed inside the camps who revealed that they are not able to wash their hands due to lack of facilities. Even the mother of infants inside the camps have no access to a lavatory where they can wash infant bottles.
With all these details, an inference can be made that the detention centers have no intention of making the children safe from illnesses. What is worse is that in spite of these reports, the government remains firm on their current measures. For one, a government official claimed that giving the children decent washing facilities is not important, and even providing the children soap and tooth paste is already too much for the authorities to give. This, coming from the government itself, can influence the mindset of the public, knowing how big the politics’ influence on the society is.