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Dear Republican Lawmakers,
You are aiding and abetting a monstrous variety of inhumane policies.
Let’s start with immigrant detainees, forced to work for $1 a day by private prisons such as the GEO Group and CoreCivic. These are human beings convicted of no crime, coerced to work for pennies an hour so that companies can line their pockets with the $160 a day our government pays them to house these detainees. And eighteen Republican lawmakers have gone out of their way to stamp their approval on this policy.
Jeff Sessions promises more of the same, with the added inhumanity of promising to separate children from their families if they are caught at the border. These children will be turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services, the department that recently admitted to losing track of nearly 1,500 migrant children it had placed with sponsors. We know of one case two years ago where HHS placed migrant children with “sponsors” who turned out to be human traffickers, and they still have not put in place new guidelines to prevent this from happening.
So this is who we are as a nation. We take adults who cross our borders and treat them as slaves without even bothering to prosecute them. If they have children, we take them away and don’t even have the due diligence to make sure they end up with relatives or responsible adults as opposed to human traffickers.
Perhaps before you throw your support behind stricter enforcement of a border that is already seeing fewer illegal crossings than in recent years, you should make sure that we are treating people humanely.