Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin (Facebook: @Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin Twitter: @ECMcLaughlin) spoke with a VOLUNTEER LEGAL ADVOCATE inside our United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities (see https://twitter.com/ECMcLaughlin/status/1139192167501484033). The friend has done two tours volunteering as a legal advocate within CBP facilities.
THIS IS URGENT. Here is what the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY is doing right now in the USA:
Under our Trump Reich with the #TrumpZeroTolerancePolicy — the outgrowth of the xenophobic and bigoted basis upon which our despot launched his campaign — there are new indecent and inhuman actions being taken against these human beings. Our despot, as all despots in history and throughout the world have, stirs up his base for power by inciting his followers with hatred toward “those to blame” by calling them animals and criminals. This is textbook behavior for despots. The extreme cruelty and inhumanity of the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY is based on hatred, anger, and racism stirred up by demagogues as they clamor for power.
This urgent post covers six areas that should wake you from your slumber and complacency.
FIRST: THE DOG POUND of the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. SECOND: THE FREEZER of the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. THIRD: CLOSED TREATMENT FACILITIES of the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. FOURTH: UNREGULATED MILITARY INSTALLATIONS of the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FIFTH: THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS for the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY SIXTH: WHICH OF US ARE NEXT under the next TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY?
FIRST: THE DOG POUND of the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY.
CBP is the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. CBP is our country’s primary border control organization, with several outposts along our border.
Refugees seeking asylum turn themselves in at these outposts, as they are supposed to do. These refugees travel hundreds of miles on foot, often with infants and children, to turn themselves in at these outposts as they flee from dangerous conditions in their countries.
When refugees present themselves at a CBP outpost, as they are supposed to do when seeking asylum, the agents transfer them to facilities they cleverly call “THE DOG POUND.” This nickname is obvious because, as reported by the volunteer legal advocate and by news media, these are small open metal cages sitting outside in dirt. There is no protection from the elements.
The CBP DOG POUND contain dozens of teenage moms. There is no baby food. Eye witness reports say the agents will take a baby from its mother, strip the clothes off the baby, then send them out to the dog pound to sleep in the dirt.
The dog pounds have no running water, no tarps or covers, no protection from the elements whether it’s noon heat or midnight cold.
Moms are dehydrated and sick because the CBP agents give them nothing. For toddlers and infants, there is only infant formula, no solid food. Mothers try to start breast feeding again to save their children.
Quote: “The girl said border authorities made her throw away a backpack with the baby’s clothing and hadn’t given her anything else, so the baby was in a dirty onesie bundled in a sweatshirt that another migrant mother gave her.”
Refugees become sick. Babies become sick; so sick observers don’t expect them to survive. The Legal Advocate reports CBP agents routinely referring to refugees as “bodies,” not people or humans. They are denying medicine, toilets, beds, food, shelter, and clothes. THIS is the result of the MAGA “pro-life” right wing in America that supports the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY against brown-skin people coming from Latin America.
“In El Paso, Border Patrol Is Detaining Migrants in ‘a Human Dog Pound’ Immigration officials have resumed the much-criticized practice of keeping people outdoors for weeks to relieve dangerous overcrowding.”
“I think it’s important for people to understand the widespread failure to provide for basic necessities and care. Food, potable water, facilities, medical care, etc…The premature baby and others who are critically ill are shining examples but there are others not far behind. It’s systemic. It’s intentional. And if someone was treating animals in this way the consequences would be swift and severe.”
“Premature Baby Found in Overcrowded Border Patrol Facility in Texas The teenage girl with pigtail braids was hunched over in a wheelchair and holding a bunched sweatshirt when an immigrant advocate met her at a crowded Border Patrol facility in Texas.”
If you are confused how American citizens can become heartless, soulless CBP agents, then you have no grasp of how genocide and holocaust ALWAYS works throughout history and throughout the world. It happens because “normal” citizens become convinced that a group is “the enemy” and they are “animals.” That is what happens under the extreme TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY against brown-skin immigrants. You do not grasp how a country builds a #Gestapo. You do not grasp how the process is designed to put YOU at risk.
SECOND: THE FREEZER of the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY.
From THE DOG POUND, the CBP agents, conditioned to think of refugees as “animals” and “not human,” send them to what is nicknamed “THE FREEZER.” THE FREEZER is kept at 55 degrees, and many are placed in it while still wet with sweat from THE DOG POUND. The floor of THE FREEZER is dirt and rough concrete. There are no beds.
They are kept in THE FREEZER for weeks, and this includes refugees who are critically ill, disabled, children, teen moms with babies.
We know that they are dying. We know that the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY is keeping hidden from us the numbers and the causes of deaths until something leaks out. We know the CBP agents think nothing of keeping children locked in sweltering vans for 36 hours. We can assume that there is much more horrific action, deaths, and mutilation under the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY.
THIRD: CLOSED TREATMENT FACILITIES of the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY.
Under former policy, before the deliberately cruel and inhuman TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY, CBP agents would have moved refugees to housing facilities maintained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) and designed for residential care of refugees. Those facilities, as you would expect from the old USA, have beds, food, bathrooms, and care. The major difference between ICE and CBP is that while CBP is responsible for enforcing immigration laws at and near the borders, ICE is responsible for enforcing immigration laws within the remaining areas of the U.S. The ICE facilities are agency-mandated and inspected by agency oversight.
The @New York Times reports that the Trump Reich is pushing harder to make the USA even more inhumane and vicious toward brown-skin immigrants, in “Trump Signals Even Fiercer Immigration Agenda, With a Possible Return of Family Separations”
Under the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY, the ICE facilities are empty and being shut down. They are being shut down because they can be inspected by legal oversight and can be discovered and reported by the media.
FOURTH: UNREGULATED MILITARY INSTALLATIONS of the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
The ICE facilities that are humane and overseen by regulators are empty because the Trump Reich has the CBP agents transfer refugees to the rapidly converted and unobserved U.S. ARMED FORCES MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. As Americans just recently learned, the U.S. Army’s FORT SILL, which had been a Japanese Internment Camp, is being revived to serve as an unobserved holding area for refugees being transferred by CBP agents out of THE FREEZER. Unlike ICE facilities, which allow outside inspectors, government agencies, and media, the U.S. Armed Forces facilities are not open for outside inspection. They are protected from any encroachment by any outsiders, and are even “no fly zones” that prohibit aircraft or drone observation. The U.S. Armed Forces prevent civilian, legal, and government oversight and review.
FIFTH: THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS for the TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
The TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY is deliberately and openly cruel. It is the stated purpose of our despot to make the USA so unappealing by destroying families and killing children that there will be no brown-skin immigrants. The Trump Reich’s use of U.S. Armed Forces CONCENTRATION CAMPS is part of the more hostile and inhumane attack on brown-skin immigrants. U.S. Armed Forces personnel are being shifted to CBP duties.
We have already seen our despot’s efforts to use the U.S. Armed Forces on domestic soil for police actions that he says are “justified” by the so-called emergency of brown-skinned immigrants. We have seen him weave into our U.S. Armed Forces the same kind of sycophant followers who swear fealty to him over our country (the USS John McCain incident is an example of sycophants in our U.S. Armed Forces); he follows his principle of U.S. Military Officers being “politicians in uniform.” Our despot is following the exact same process as his attack on our U.S. judicial system, which he also is filling with sycophants who swear fealty to him over country, following his principle of judges also being “politicians in robes.” Our despot is setting up our military and our judiciary to be his tools for authoritarian tyranny. He is always crashing against our Constitution’s checks-and-balances in order to free himself from their constraints.
The TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY now enables CONCENTRATION CAMPS run by a compliant military already deployed on U.S. soil.
Here is a flow chart of the US camp system as presently in operation at our border:
SIXTH: WHICH OF US ARE NEXT under the next TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY?
The TRUMP ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY is not stopping at brown-skin immigrants. This kind of action has never been constricted to its original unholy purpose.
- The establishment of ICE as his personal Gestapo to round up and disappear brown-skin immigrants is not because of, solely, the racist hatred of brown-skin immigrants to inflame and incite his lockstep knee-jerk true believers.
- The establishment of U.S. Armed Forces on domestic soil under sycophantic leadership, the use of military might under sworn fealty to our despot rather than our country is not because of, solely, the racist hatred of brown-skin immigrants to inflame and incite his lockstep knee-jerk true believers.
- The establishment of protected, insulated, and unseen Concentration Camps is not because of, solely, the racist hatred of brown-skin immigrants to inflame and incite his lockstep knee-jerk true believers.
All of it is the well-known, too-oft-proven system for authoritarian tyrants to round up and disappear political opponents, those deemed to be unsuitable for the despot’s society, and those deemed to be disabled. The line beyond decency and civilization has, once again, already been crossed. The path will not stop at the elimination of brown-skin immigrants.
That’s me. That may be you. It will likely start with “the media.”
What are you going to do? Who would you call were ICE coming for YOU?