There has been a steady stream of heartbreaking news at the southern border under the President Donald Trump administration, including the jailing of children and deaths of detained migrants.
Five stories in just the last several days punctuate the crisis:
The four month-old baby separated from his father at the border
The New York Times reported Friday that the youngest child taken from his parents at the southern border over the past three years under the Trump administration’s separation policy is four month-old Constantin Mutu, from Romania. Constantine and his father, Vasile, were apprehended in Texas by border patrol agents. Vasile, who has a criminal record, was detained and deported to Romania while Constantin was sent to live with a fister family in Michigan.
Eventually, the family was reunited—mother Florentina and the couple’s four year-old son got lost in Mexico and returned to Romania to join the couple’s other three children ahead of Vasile and Constantin—but the case shows how the administration isn’t bound by age in separating families and raises questions about who else is in custody.
The teen mother and her one month-old who were neglected by CBP agents
HuffPost reported Thursday that a teenage mother and her one month old were basically ignored for a week by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents until being transferred to a resettlement facility after the neglectful treatment became public.
Lawyer Hope Frye was one of those who raised alarm over the treatment of both children, she told HuffPost, after finding that the mother had received pain medication and that the baby had not had any medical attention for the time she was held by CBP:
As HuffPost reporter Angelina Chapin noted, medical experts are on record saying that “Border Patrol centers are not a safe place for kids, in part because no thorough medical assessments are provided by pediatricians and diseases can spread quickly in the environment.”
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CBP texts show culture of hate
That treatment isn’t much of a surprise given revelations from text messages between CBP agents that show a culture of bigotry and hate. The messages, which were made public in court filings from a case in Arizona where a CBP agent is accused of murder, contain offensive and dehumanizing language and point to an agency environment where seeing migrants as the enemy was encouraged.
As Rolling Stone‘s Tim Dickinson reported Thursday, the racism in the language used by CBP agents extends to the general name they have for migrants:
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