In THE WEEK Magazine, June 21, 2019 under the U.S. at a glance I found this: “The Trump administration plans to move up to 1,400 migrant children in its custody to an Army base used to imprison Japanese-Americans during World War II. Citing an “influx” of Central American migrants, Health and Human Services officials said 168 facilities and programs in 23 states are too crowded to suffice. At Fort Sill, children will be separated from the on-base population and have HHS staff, not U.S. troops over seeing them. (The Obama administration briefly placed migrant children on Army bases, including Fort Sill, in 2014.) The move comes as Congress considers HHS request for $2.9 billion in emergency funding, after taking about 40,900 children into custody during the first seven months of this fiscal year. HHS has canceled activities such as English lessons and soccer for migrant kids, saying it is too cash-strapped to pay for education, legal services and recreation.”
- I wonder how much money we would save yearly if the children who have been kidnapped from Central American countries did not have to be jailed.
- I wonder how much money we would save if these children were never kidnapped.
- I wonder about the health issues for children who have no recreation and how much that will cost us.
- I wonder how keeping children from speaking English will help them “care” for the country that has jailed them. We worry about terrorists, but we may be good at creating them. Unable to speak or understand the language does not further their regard for a country they did not choose to come to live in.