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Biden Is Dangerously Unaware Of The Tragedy Asylum Seekers Face


#1

Biden Is Dangerously Unaware Of The Tragedy Asylum Seekers Face

Tom Andrews

Vice President Biden’s widely reported claim, late last week, that the Administration has “embraced a fundamentally different approach” to the “hard trade-offs” posed by the Central America migration crisis is either ill-informed or disingenuous. Is he unaware of the tragedy, also widely reported over the past several weeks, being played out at the Berks County PA detention facility where the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has incarcerated mothers and children seeking asylum from death threats and extreme violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador?


#2

Is there anything more chilling (and Orwellian) than having soft-spoken politicians purporting to represent the kinder and more just party deploying the tactics of 3rd world tyrants and assorted military dictators?

This is sickening and so true:

"Despite the Vice President’s rhetoric, the Obama administration has been engaged in the most aggressive immigration enforcement policies in recent history, which include the revival and expansion of family detention (a hideous and traumatizing system of jails designed to lock up women and children and discourage other asylum seekers), mass deportations, and family separation on an unprecedented scale. This is a morally bankrupt strategy that treats immigrants and asylum seekers as criminals and commodities."

The vast majority of citizens HEAR the words of compassion and know nothing about these detention camps and the fact that they're capitalizing on mostly desperate mothers and children.

Meanwhile, a mean-spirited right winger like Alex Jones tells his listeners that these immigrants are getting free health care and all kinds of benefits... he plays off the "resentment" card which is ripe for the plucking given the fact that so many working families feel the short shrift of what passes for "Obama care." It's a complex system of co-pays and pay-offs that are requisites for acquiring medical treatment in "the land of the free."

MAJOR campaign contributions from prison-building (and managing) firms end up in the pockets of big-shot politicians. Now that the War on Drugs culture isn't taking aim at pot smokers, more beds will be made available since there are 2.2 million that exists within the U.S. Prison-gulag system.

Who then shall fill them?

... First they came for... style.


#5

Blessed are the ignorant and duplicitous . for they shall gain high office.

From the Corporatists New Bible.


#7

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore" ... we have prisons to fill.


#8

In view of Obama's record deportations, it no surprise Trump needs to propose a wall as the only thing left to make himself look tougher on immigrants than Obama is.


#9

Most politicians, much less 1%ers are unaware of the reality the rest of us live in. I'd like to see a requirement for office of at least a decade punching a time clock.


#10

Empty rhetoric to veil a putrid purgatory


#11

One thing that makes this such a difficult discussion is the confusion between actual refugees and immigrants. But beyond that, we have to ask what we will do with them. What if they can't all work and/or don't have college degrees and the means to start up businesses? They will then need to compete for jobs in a country that simply doesn't have jobs for all -- something like 7 jobs for every 10 jobless people who still have the means to pursue one (home address, phone, etc.). Increasing the number of people competing for those jobs might not be a good idea. Remember that the US shut down/shipped out a massive number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s.


#12

We've already filled them, and have been building many more, for our own poor, our "wretched refuse." Prison is today's welfare system -- the means to access food, shelter, medical care, with at least a chance at legitimate skills training.


#13

Unaware? he doesn't care. Notice that the dangerous countries quoted are those with the support of the USA for their cruel policies and treatment of their people.