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Children are suffering. These companies are profiting.

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This is so repulsive that I had a physical reaction. But it’s important to read to understand the situation in the US today. Those in power have changed the country. Judd Legum writes at Popular Information:

Thousands of children have been separated from their families, and many more have been subject to inhuman conditions as part of the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant crackdown at the southern border.

Just last week, lawyers reported that 250 children were subject to “neglect and mistreatment” at a border patrol station in El Paso, Texas. The group included infants who allegedly were placed into the care of other children, according to a girl detained at the facility.

A Border Patrol agent came in our room with a 2-year-old boy and asked us, “Who wants to take care of this little boy?” Another girl said she would take care of him, but she lost interest after a few hours and so I started taking care of him yesterday.

Lawyers said the 2-year-old “had wet his pants and had no diaper and was wearing a mucus-smeared shirt.” The children at the facility included those who arrived at the border alone and those who had been separated from their parents or other caregivers.

Other migrants are stuck on the Mexican side of the border in intolerable conditions because the Trump administration has “metered” the number of asylum claims it will process at official points of entry each day. A man from El Salvador and his two-year-old daughter died while crossing the Rio Grande, desperate to escape a holding camp in Mexico with little food and temperatures above 110 degrees.

This year, six migrant children have died in U.S. custody.

A migrant on the U.S. side of the border reported hundreds of people being held in one overcrowded cage with an overflowing bathroom.

“They don’t have the humanitarian conditions for people to be there,” said Gary, a 33-year-old migrant from Siguatepeque, Honduras, who would only give his first name. “There were more than 200 of us in a single cage — seated on the floor, standing, however we could fit.” He said the stench inside overflowing toilets was so bad it made him gag and caused children to vomit.

But the only thing several large consulting firms smell is money.

A review by Popular Information of federal contracting databases reveals that Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers have inked over $175 million in contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since Trump took office.

These companies have continued to profit from Trump’s anti-immigrant crackdown over the protests of many of their employees. The companies have gotten more business after McKinsey, one of the largest consulting firms, announced last year it would no longer do business with ICE.

Deloitte: $103,899,307.61 in contracts with ICE during the Trump administration

Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen promotes himself and his company as a champion of refugees.  . . .

Continue reading. There’s much more but I had to stop.

The trauma-induced changes on these helpless children is heartbreaking to consider. Lives are being ruined, and Trump is gleeful about it. And the Republican party goes along. The whole country is becoming Alabama.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 July 2019 at 7:10 pm

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