I just read a story in the Austin American-Statesman this morning of a Lockhart man getting sentenced for cruelty to animals titled, "Lockhart man convicted of animal cruelty and neglect to be sentenced on Thursday." Not to imply in the least that animals do not have rights, but rather that it doesn't square with our values—and nor should it—that animals in our country have more rights than human beings.
Who, if anyone, will go to prison for this cruelty in treatment to human beings?
This is such an evil and ugly spirit that guides this administration. And it's massively problematic that the U.S. itself holds great responsibility for today's mass migration. (Note: Read my earlier post which shows that country has a long history of profiting from Honduras' misery. "US policy in Honduras set the stage for today's mass migration.")
It’s not until we center the experiences of the world’s dispossessed as a central moral, ethical, and political calling and commitment that any of us ourselves can claim to serve humanity. It’s sad and disgusting to see our administration ready and willing to obscure its own sordid history while adhering to irrational myths about Central American immigrants and migration that justify violence and dehumanization toward these parents and children.
Declaration of Justin (page 21): Unaccompanied 13-year-old boy
Declaration of Mayra (page 30): Mother with 9- and 2-year-old children
Declaration of Ruth (page 34): Mother with 7-year-old son
Declaration of Bridis (page 38): Mother with 4-year-old son
Declaration of Blanca (page 45): Mother traveling with 4-year-old daughter
Declaration of Brandon (page 50): 14-year-old boy with mother and two brothers
Declaration of Fatima (page 53): Mother with 8-year-old daughter
Declaration of Karen (page 64): Mother with 5- and 4-year old children
Declaration of Daise (page 73): Mother of 16-year-old daughter
Declaration of Alejandra (page 77): Mother of 2 ½-, 11-, 12-, and 14-year-old children
Declaration of Dinora (page 81): Mother of 1-year-old child
Declaration of Leydi (page 86): Mother of 9-year-old daughter