Friday, December 15, 2006

How Bush the Grinch Stole Christmas

Christy Hardin Smith aka ReddHedd at Firedoglake is on the warpath over the ICE raids around the country and the resultant chaos and tragedy for the children involved. I am going to quote almost the entirety of her post since only Redd can spit fire like this... and she has already posted a follow-up. When an ex-prosecutor and new mother gets cranked up about the responsibilities of the law and children in cases such as this, especially when it seems this is lot of show boating on the government's side you can expect some fireworks. Here they are:

So, let's see what we have here: a meat-packing company with a history of skating immigration laws (and allegations of them having some sort of scheme to import illegal workers from Guatemala) skates out of this scot free thus far.

Meanwhile, a mere nine days away from Christmas, these kids get the present of their parents being seized and hauled away, unable to contact them to let them know they are okay — with no time to make arrangements for their children's care.

And, in one case, a mother who was nursing her child is dragged off and cannot be located, while the child is left to deal with the consequences of being weaned against it's will by governmental agents. Which, as someone who has breastfed a child, is not something that should be done aburptly — and can have serious health consequences for the child, considering those first few months of breastfeeding provide the best portion of immunity protection and DHA for the child's developing brain [...]

Family values party, my ass.

If they were truly concerned with these childrens' welfare, they would have coordinated with local authorities and social services supervisors so that mechanisms were in place for temporary foster care placements and other service implementation, including the mound of paperwork that will now need to be processed to get these kids medical cards, temporary food and clothing assistance and other help — because they are US citizens and CHILDREN, and ought not be simply left standing outside their homes with no one to care for them. That is unconscionable and yet another example of piss poor planning by the DHS. Heckuva job, Mikey!

Beyond that, though, background checks, priors checks and other considerations will need to be taken into account for adults who are, at least temporarily anyway, caring for these children who have been left behind. The last thing you want is for these kids to be taken in by some seemingly caring adult…who happens to have a long history of pedophelia or violent tendencies or what have you. (Yes, I have been down this road before in abuse and neglect cases…and you do not even want to know what can happen to children in a placement that turns out to be a nightmare.)

That authorities in Texas are saying "Not my problem. The Feds are going to have to deal with this." is frightening — because the Feds are likely passing the buck right back to the locals. Which means the kids have had to scramble to find an adult to care for them on their own…and that can often lead to the very thing that no child should ever — EVER — have to survive.

And that is just for starters. According to the Dallas article, Texas authorities have no idea how many children may actually be stranded and/or affected by this. Well, that's encouraging, isn't it?

You tell 'em Christy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

well, I read your stuff occasionally, and generally I agree with you. In this instance, certainly. Mexicans and other immigrants are targeted for political purposes, while the double standard for Cubans, Vietnamese, too, remains unnoticed and unremarked. I rather doubt that Iraq refugees will be given the same treatment as Vietnamese, for example. Why? Vietnamese are less threatening than Arabs, and as our putative one-time allies, they bought into our side, in opposition to their own country and its interests--just like Cuban refugees.