Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Concentration Camps for Children

This must stop.

Michael Steele says everyone should fear their kids could be rounded up and put in a concentration camp.

That is crazy.

Joe Scarborough also compared the centers housing children brought to the U.S. by people entering the country illegally to Nazi concentration camps.

Chris Reeves writes:

Apparently based on a public defender’s claim that his illegal immigrant child clients were being led away from their alleged parents with promises of being given a bath, Scarborough remarked that federal agents were akin to Nazi camp guards leading Jews to “showers” to be gassed to death.

Michael Hayden also thought it was appropriate to employ Holocaust imagery.

Rich Lowry comments:
If all the Nazis did was temporarily separate children from parents who had violated immigration laws, and then either re-unite them with the parents or with a relative already in the country, they wouldn’t be Nazis. Hayden justified the tweet this morning by saying he wants to warn us away from becoming Nazis, which is equally absurd. No one in this country wants to kill innocent children.
Laura Bush added her voice to the over-the-top comparisons crowd.

In a Washington Post op-ed, Laura Bush writes:

I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.

Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the internment camps for U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.
Playing loose with history is inexcusable.

These comparisons are false. Raising imagery of the Holocaust or the policies put in place by Franklin Roosevelt to incarcerate Americans of Japanese descent to explain the illegal immigration crisis diminishes the historical reality of these atrocities.

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