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Children aren’t trophies for winning votes


What our government calls “detention” has become deprivation, and unless we choose to make our voices heard, migrants will continue to be silenced and treated like beasts that need to be locked away.

ICE, which stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has begun to stand for imprisonment, carelessness and having an extreme disregard for human life.

This has become very evident in the treatment, or lack thereof that the migrants are receiving while agents have been imprisoning them for already ridiculously long periods of time.

Attorneys who have visited the detainment facilities have found children sleeping on concrete floors, starved, cold and are left with no way of maintaining personal hygiene.

Parents are left with no way of tending to sick children, nor with any means of comforting them.

Facilities claim to be providing migrant adults and children, with food, but with the physical conditions people are found in it doesn’t seem likely.

Children are allegedly even being denied vaccinations and there have been reports that they have been denied proper medical care, while people are crammed into spaces like sardines.

This treatment is comparable to that of a run down zoo with uncaring staff, with the difference being that the animals are held in higher regard.

While animal rights activists would fight tooth and nail to rescue animals in similar conditions, no one has so much as raised a finger to help children living in the same nightmarish situations.

Children are kept in cages, as the migrant slowly becomes synonymous with a monkey in the eyes of Immigration.

This captivity has paired nicely with a side of hypocrisy, as our President’s promise to drain the swamp has only resulted in a seemingly muddier swamp.

Initially, President Trump had promised to rid this country of immigrants, but he has now shifted towards increasing detention sentences and having them stay even longer than they already have.

This change can be attributed in part to the upcoming 2020 election, as citizens have begun to emulate the ways of old, seeing captives as trophies, proof of victory.

This coupled with the fear that many citizens have of migrants has led to a deeply rooted paranoia, one which is reminiscent of the internment camps of the World War II era.

Children are being abused, treated worse than a stray dog in a pound, some have even mysteriously disappeared.

Of those that vanished in while in the “care” of ICE agents, a few have been found “unexplainably” in the clutches of human traffickers, sold like cattle for unimaginable purposes.

Some are simply never found again, swept under the rug by the government as if they were trash and not children who were full of innocence, potential, and had no business being caged up because of circumstances out of their small hands.

Other children have reported all kinds of abuse at the hands of agents meant to serve and protect, there has been alleged physical and sexual abuse.

America is slowly undoing decades of progress in the span of a few months , and this downhill slope is becoming steeper with each passing day.

As the aforementioned election draws ever nearer, it will become evident how this downward spiral has affected the minds of thousands of Americans.

While some would feel sick to their stomachs to see the conditions migrants, especially children, toddlers, actual babies, are living in, a very vocal crowd would cheer and froth at the mouth to see many more migrants in such a state because of their countries of origin or the color of their skin.

This group would praise the president taking credit for these crimes for protecting this “great” nation from these “violent criminal” five-year-olds.

Our country was founded on the belief that that all men, not just all citizens, were created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

These rights are being stripped away, as migrants cling desperately to the right to life, have lost the right to liberty, and can no longer pursue happiness.

We hold these truths to be self evident, and we must now make our voices heard to make them once again.

Through attending rallies, protests, or even through your vote, you can be a voice for these migrants, and undo the deterioration our society is undergoing.


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About the Contributor
Edgar Mendoza
Edgar Mendoza, Staff Writer
Edgar Mendoza is the current staff writer for Talon Marks, having formerly held the positions of Managing and Community Editor. He is studying Journalism at 20 years of age, and hopes to one day attend USC Annenberg to study communications. He believes there’s a bright side to everything, and hopes to one day start a publication that features positive and uplifting news.
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