Trump's War on Children is an act of State Terrorism
Date Written: 2018-06-20
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22837
State terrorism comes in many forms, but one of its most cruel and revolting expressions is when it is aimed at children. The Trump administration has detained more than 2,000 children, and the numbers are expected to grow exponentially in light of Trump's refusal to change the cruel policy.
Amnesty International has called Trump's current decision to separate children from their parents and warehouse them in cages and tents as a cruel policy that amounts to "nothing short of torture." Many of the parents whose children have been taken away from them entered the country legally, unwittingly exposing what resembles a state-sanctioned policy of racial cleansing.
In any democratic society, the primary index through which a society registers its own meaning, vision and politics is measured by how it treats its children, and its commitment to the ideal that a civilized society is one that does everything it can to make the future and the world a better place for youth.
Abuse and terror
By this measure, the Trump administration has done more than fail in its commitment to children. It has abused, terrorized and scarred them. What’s more, this policy has been ludicrously initiated and legitimized by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a notorious anti-immigrant advocate, with a Bible verse that was used historically by racists to justify slavery.
In the name of religion and without irony, Sessions has put into play a policy that has been a hallmark of authoritarian regimes.
At the same time, Trump has justified the policy with the notorious lie that the Democrats have to change the law for the separations to stop, when in actuality the separations are the result of a policy inaugurated by Sessions under Trump's direction.