For the past several weeks we have witnessed the media use any means necessary to provoke our emotions in regards to the immigration debate. We have had the talking heads on T.V. tell us how horrible it is that the Trump administration is separating children from their families. We are told that this new “zero-tolerance” policy should remind us of what happened to the Jews in Nazi Germany.
The comparisons, always over the top, especially when it is about Trump and his administration, have no merit. Yes, there are other ways of handling the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who are crossing the border. Yes, the “zero-tolerance” policy, which by the way has been reversed, was not the correct way to once again start the immigration debate. But where was the outrage when these unaccompanied minors were crossing the border and being held in camps under the Obama administration? Where were the talking heads on T.V. chastising members of Obama’s cabinet? Why wasn’t Rachel Maddow pretending to cry on T.V. when Obama housed small children in “cages”? Where was Ali Velshi in 2014 to lecture us on scripture when Obama was doing the exact same thing? Where were they? What changed their perspective? And why are they so outraged now?
The answer is simple—they didn’t care. Not only did they not care, but Barack Obama was President.
Under Obama, there was no “zero-tolerance” policy that enforced the law the way Trump’s administration is currently doing. But unlike Trump, Obama’s administration had a deterrent policy that was actually separating families and holding them in camps longer than was required by law.
Do you think the media talked about this immigration policy with the same verbosity they are talking about Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy? Google it and you’ll see that not one mainstream media outlet ever reported on this practice by the Obama administration. Not one.
During a statement released by Obama on World Refugees Day he asked, “are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together? Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?”
Well Mr. President, the media looked away and hid all your missteps from the public eye. They covered for you while tens of thousands of people were sent thousands of miles away from their families. Yes, Mr. President, the media looked away when you were housing small children in make-shift cages and detention centers. Yes, Mr. President, your friends in the media looked away.
The media plays an important role in running the narrative in this country. They will make a scene when they want to, they will downplay events when it doesn’t feed their narrative. We all know this. Everyone at MSNBC can start to cry during their segments. Everyone at CNN can switch apples to bananas, and everyone at FOX can pretend that Trump hasn’t done anything wrong.
But we, the American people, know exactly what is going on. We see the double standard in the reporting from the mainstream media. We see reports now trying to justify their previous silence because now is somehow worse than before. We are not buying it anymore.
According to The New York Times in 2015,
“..Homeland Security officials said they were detaining the families to send a message to others in Central America to deter them from coming to the United States illegally. In February, a federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled that strategy unconstitutional. Officials stopped invoking deterrence as a factor in deciding whether to release mothers and children as they seek asylum in the United States.
But many women and children remained stalled behind bleak walls and fences month after month with no end in sight. Mothers became severely depressed or anxious, and their distress echoed in their children, who became worried and sickly.”
Furthermore, Law & Crime states that since 2008 “the United States has had a policy known as the Alien Transfer Exit Program (ATEP), or Lateral Repatriation. This program focuses on detaining male migrants of Mexican descent.”
“Here’s how it works: Once an immigrant is caught attempting to cross the border without documentation, they are detained, flown or bused across the United States and then shown the exit at another segment of the U.S.-Mexico border–thousands of miles from their original point of entry.”
In 2012, “ATEP removals accounted for about 37,000 of the approximately 397,000 immigrants who were deported in 2011,” according to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas). In other words, “because of Homeland Security’s dismissal of the need for accountability, it’s unclear exactly how many children were separated from their families under this Obama-era policy,” reported Law & Crime. Where were the protests demanding where the children went?
Furthermore, where are the protests outside of abortion clinics demanding for the children to be saved and not murdered? Why aren’t the politicians making trips to abortion clinics to see the conditions in which mothers and aborted babies are in? Why is there no national outrage from the talking heads about the 800 children who are murdered on a daily basis by Planned Parenthood?
Where is the outrage about the more than 400,000 kids who spend years, if not most of their childhood in foster care? In 2017, it was reported by NPR that “some 4.2 million young people experience unaccompanied homelessness in the course of a year, according to a new study from Chapin Hall a research center at the University of Chicago.” Why is no one checking up on them? Do their lives not matter?
According to the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), there was 88,966 unaccompanied homeless youth currently enrolled in school in the United States during 2013-2014 . The NCHE states that “unaccompanied youth are those who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian (42 U.S.C.§ 1143a4(6), 2001).” The number increased nearly 20,000 compared to the statistics available in 2010, which was 65,317.
Where is the outrage?
Where is the media investigating why nothing is being done to help these children? Do the lives of these children who are separated from their families not matter?
I guess not.
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