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5-Month-Old's Pneumonia Diagnosis Provokes More Condemnation of the 'Ice Boxes' Asylum-Seekers Are Forced Into at Border


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5-Month-Old's Pneumonia Diagnosis Provokes More Condemnation of the 'Ice Boxes' Asylum-Seekers Are Forced Into at Border

Julia Conley, staff writer

A five-month-old baby's diagnosis of pneumonia is bringing more attention to the conditions in which immigrants are held after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, days after another child died in U.S. custody.

The news of the baby's illness was met with condemnation by children's rights advocates and other critics of the U.S. government's border policies.


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ICE is truly evil.


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While about 150 migrant children from Latin America still remain separated from their parents (https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/nearly-150-separated-migrant-children-remain-u-s-custody), the US government is continuing to separate migrant children from their parents (https://www.propublica.org/article/border-patrol-families-still-being-separated-at-border-after-zero-tolerance-immigration-policy-reversed).

However, political leaders from both the Democrat and Republican Parties, pundits, and the US mainstream media, are, by and large, failing to express adequate outrage at this state of affairs. The result is that now, many have come to dehumanize migrants from Latin America. They dehumanize them to such a degree that many blame the children’s parents for the 5 month old child’s pneumonia just as the blame the father for the death of 7 year old Jakelin Caal Maquin for dying after Border Patrol agents refused to give her water for 8 hours (https://www.businessinsider.com/category/jakelin-caal-maquin).

If ICE and Border Patrol begin adopting the Israeli government practice of mass slaughter of non-violent protesters near the border, I will not be surprised to see many in the US embrace this tactic.


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Yes, as is the entire for-profit prison industrial complex.


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These things constitute torture and are a violation of international law. Where is the world?


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Holding my head down in shame over the United States of America. This country could and should do much, much better. Thank you - Jeff Merkley - for taking this on. I guess you are one of those few Senators who look out for the people’s interests vs. the elite and financial interests that so many represent.


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HI Yunzer…
re: “Where is the world?” Same as ever; the US and Israel do whatever—and the U.N and the world —speaks up ----never. : (


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Well Canada is out there arresting Chinese Business executives because the USA claims she broke “the law”.