This article by writer Umair Haque was written back when the border crisis situation with its family separations and caging of children was a big story in the news, and was still able to shock us. While we don’t hear much about it anymore (many people assume the problem has been resolved), these acts of mental, emotional and physical torture have not stopped, and in fact they have increased. The family separations and torture of little brown children from places like Honduras and Guatemala has continued unabated. The reason they are no longer reported is because they no longer have the same capacity to shock, as the Trump regime ups the ante and keeps us in a constant state of chaos and uncertainty as he continues to build his dictatorship. Under this cruel and barbarous administration, we have become inured to the heinous. Acts of cruelty that would have been front page news four years ago have become normalized to the point it they no longer considered newsworthy.
This article isn’t an easy read, but it will bring back the horror we once felt when we first learned about what was happening to these children, by putting you inside the mind of one. ICE and Border Patrol, two arms of Trump’s neofascist regime, are not merely immigration enforcement agencies (which are necessary); under “King” Trump, they have transformed, and one of their new goals is to shatter the minds of children who aren’t lucky enough to be born white. Why? Because they can. Trump, as a malignant narcissist, has easily observable sadistic tendencies, and those who work for him are required to be as cruel and compassionless as he is. Trump’s immigration czar, the odious, dead eyed Stephen Miller, is so sociopathic I could easily see him as a serial killer if he did not have the connections to power that he does. To this regime, nothing matters except power.
We have become the bad guys. Maybe we were never that good.
We cannot forget. We cannot stop caring. Once we do, all hope for a brighter future is lost.