Child Abuse Is A Crime Against Humanity

President Donald Trump’s policy of separating children from parents trying to immigrate to the United States on the country’s southern border is a crime against humanity and deserves every bit of world condemnation and outrage it generates.

The normalization of this crime in the country by right-wing extremists, Trump’s surrogates and “both sides” reporting in the mainstream media should make any decent citizen of the world fearful for the future. Trump is a child abuser. Those who in any way participate in it or qualify his abuse, whether here or elsewhere, are abusers themselves.

This is from an article in The Washington Post describing the visit of pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics President Colleen Kraft to one of the children prisons now operated by the United States along the Texas/Mexico border:

Inside a room dedicated to toddlers was a little girl no older than 2, screaming and pounding her fists on a mat. One woman tried to give her toys and books to calm her down, but even that shelter worker seemed frustrated, Kraft told The Washington Post, because as much as she wanted to console the little girl, she couldn’t touch, hold or pick her up to let her know everything would be all right. That was the rule, Kraft said she was told: They’re not allowed to touch the children.

Even the most unintelligent among us know that separating two-year-old children from their parents inflicts a trauma on them that will probably last a lifetime, leading to severe mental illness. The act of the separation is, of course, child abuse. The rule not to allow physical contact with children, such as simply holding a crying baby, is abuse. Yet officials and parents like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders support Trump’s policy with Biblical references and disingenuous rhetorical posturing.

The serial liar Trump has repeatedly lied again and again about the policy. He blames the Democratics for not going along with his draconian immigration proposals, but that has nothing to do with his policy. With one phone call, he could end the abuse, the nightmare, but he has declined to do so because he has no moral center.

While the mainstream media, like The Post, has reported the details of the horror it continues to allow officials to defend the policy. Certainly official statements have to be reported, but they should be reported in the context of how this sanctioned child abuse is a clear crime against humanity. Where are the moral signposts we need in this era of Trump? None of this is normal.

Where all this immorality and abuse leads us in the future is anyone’s guess. As such obvious criminal acts become normalized under Trump they will probably only grow in intensity and number.

There is no qualification, no “but what about” when it comes to refusing to stop the abuse of children.

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