US Military Will Be Asked to Babysit Migrant Children
Cristal M Clark
News is breaking through the wire that the Trump Administration will be asking the US Military to house up to 5,000 migrant children? Yes, that is precisely what our military should be spending time doing rather than things such as training exercises. Which as one federal official puts it, is an expansion of the Defense Department’s role in the Trump Administration’s hardline policy toward undocumented immigrants.
The news comes on the heels of a recent NPR report that the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended more than 66,000 migrants at the Southern border in February, the highest total for a single month in almost a decade.
And most of those immigrants, well they are families with migrant children. So, looks like family separations are going to continue and the US Military is going to become babysitters.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a House committee today “Our capacity is already severely strained, but these increases will overwhelm the system entirely.”
“This is not a manufactured crisis. This is truly an emergency.”
The agency expects even more unaccompanied minors to arrive in coming months, reflecting historical patterns in which migration increases during the summer.
Just to give you an idea, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the federal agency who is responsible for migrant children until they can be given to an adult relative. The agency currently holds roughly 11,500 (it’s unclear how much of this number actually accounts for illegal crossings), migrant toddlers, children and teens at U.S. government detention and processing centers across the country. A child’s average length of stay under the agency’s custody was 89 days whilst also being molested, as recent news pointed out, during the first four months of this year, compared to 60 days in fiscal year 2018.
And I get it, the agency is at its capacity however asking the US Military to house the children, well that is completely out of line at every single turn.
So what is the answer? Stop beating a dead horse and tackle the issue with some oh I don’t know forethought.
Shut the border down until we can regroup and come up with a long term solution, it’s time to be proactive not reactive here and a wall is not going to solve the issue at hand and, I know that is not a popular answer at all but the reality is some other countries problems are not ours, we cannot take on any more immigrants no matter what the situation they are trying to escape is.
Round up everyone that has put us over capacity and send them back. It sounds cold hearted and cruel but creating a bigger problem in an effort to handle an already growing problem, well that is not the answer.
Shut the border down, do not allow anyone else to get in, deploy the military to manage that and we’ll start to see things getting handled in a more proper way. Anyone caught trying to enter illegally, shoot them, a bullet is a really good deterrent.
The US Military are not babysitters nor are they an orphanage the Trump administrations plan is absolutely preposterous.
Cristal M Clark