Gut-Wrenching Audio Gives a Taste of the Situation in Immigrant Child Detainment Centers

Gut-Wrenching Audio Gives a Taste of the Situation in Immigrant Child Detainment Centers June 18, 2018

This is heartbreaking.

While we’re all quibbling over whataboutisms, regarding the “zero tolerance” separation policy at the border, with President Trump blaming the Democrats, White House aide Stephen Miller boasting of it as a deterrent, and Republicans apparently split as to whether we should turn a blind eye or not (We shouldn’t), the stories are getting harder and harder to hear.

And speaking of “hear,” someone captured the anguished cries of frightened children inside one of the detainment centers and published it on Monday.

ProPublica published the audio, which depicts workers attempting to gather information from children as they cry out for family members. Through sobs and sniffles, the children repeatedly ask for their “mami” and “papa.”

I listened to it, stopping and starting, as I tried to get through the whole thing.

One little girl pleaded to the workers to call her aunt, so that she could come get her. She was obviously desperate and trying, reciting the phone number she’d memorized.

One child says they are from Guatemala. Another says she is from El Salvador, and repeatedly asks for her aunt to come pick her up.

“My mommy says I’ll go with my aunt, and that she’ll come pick me up there as quickly as possible, so I can go with her,” the child says.

Others just cried for their parents, calling them over and over.

As for the border patrol agents in attendance, I don’t know if this was just nervous chatter or if they are actually that cold blooded, but this is a punch in the gut.

“Well we have an orchestra here, right? What we’re missing is a conductor,” a border patrol agent is heard joking through the children’s cries.

Earlier Monday, as reporters gathered for a White House press briefing played the audio on their laptops, as they waited for White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Sanders reportedly refused to come out and sent Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, instead.

Nielsen went on to defend the policy, as “not a policy,” and said only Congress could fix it.

Meanwhile, to Miller and Attorney General Jeff Sessions it is policy.

Maybe they need to get their messaging straight in the Trump White House.

I also understand if they don’t really want to claim this. It’s ugly.

Of course, Trump is deliriously undetached.

President Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the separation policy, despite his administration issuing the directive that led to the practice. On Monday, he doubled down on the policy, saying the U.S. “will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility.”

He is a cruel, heartless man.

“But whoever has the world’s goods (adequate resources), and sees his brother in need, but has no compassion for him, how does the love of God live in him?” – 1 John 3:17 AMP



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  • IllinoisPatriot

    Whenever I see something this biased on such a controversial topic as illegal immigration, I immediately look at the motives and the politics and political mechanisms that are put into play.

    In this case, the news (Democrat-influenced to Democrat-cultist status) want to keep the borders open and can be expected to object to ANY attempt to slow or stop the mass influx. Trump is using his usual heavy handed and thuggish approach to the problem, making everything exponentially worse with his twitter boasting. The pro-illegal activists have a long history of using emotional arguments because they have no legal or logical arguments that will stand up to scrutiny.

    This leads to my assessment that this audio is put out by pro-illegal activists and (because it reflects poorly on Trump and the GOP) it has been picked up and re-broadcast by the anti-Trump media with such prominence that even the pro-Trump media has had to address it to avoid the negative impressions it would make.

    Make no mistake however, this audio is very likely faked and almost certainly staged and/or heavily edited for its emotional impact (one of the tip-offs is that the same actions and policies existed under Obama without a peep from the “authors” of this audio). This audio is a form of emotional warfare (emotional blackmail ?) aimed at the compassion that all humans have for young, crying children but should not be allowed to over-ride the reasoning and decision-making that need to occur to enforce the immigration laws of the US. The audio intentionally ignores the coyotes posing as parents, the gang-members that are also being detained and separated, and any mention of the various dangers the separation is intended to deter. The intent of this audio is to tug on the heartstrings of viewers to raise outrage that anyone could be so “cruel” as to enforce the immigration laws of the US.

    This is not to say that Trump’s choices of implementation are compassionate, valid or even decent ones. Trump has shown that he has neither compassion nor decency in him. Personally, I’m against pretty much anything Trump trumpets from his twitter feed because I know that he is always scamming for his personal advantage and has no principles or strong feelings about anything other than his own ego. Thus. Trump’s implementation of pretty much anything can be expected to be ham-fisted, thuggish and poorly thought out. I would likely give this audio more credence than it deserves just because it’s anti-Trump. On the other hand, the audio itself is in all likelihood a piece of fiction meant only to manipulate the emotions of those that listen to it with the goal of ending the detention of illegal border crossers.

    At this point, no media can be trusted because both Trump/GOP and the DNC activists / media have built histories of and expertise in emotional manipulation of Americans. News is not so much presented as a series of facts, but pre-digested emotional sound-bytes that are intended to sway the reader/listener to the viewpoint of the author. The question: “What do you think about ______ ?” has now been replaced with “How do you feel about ________ ?”. When was the last time you heard the former ? Think about it, then consider that this audio is likely nothing more than just another emotional propaganda weapon to be used to raise an outcry with the goal of shutting down illegal-alien detention camps.

    We should not feel bad in ignoring this video and enforcing the rule of law as long as that rule of law is enforced the same way on every illegal and is consistent over time. What we need to be wary of is border enforcement rules varying based on state governors or inconsistent application over time (sometimes strict, sometimes lax) as either approach will make a mockery of our enforcement policies and open the door for liberals to claim discrimination even more than they do now.

  • Marla Hughes

    We shouldn’t make laws to ‘own the libs’ or to counter Trump.