By Randall Akee
September 10, 2018
Just when we thought there couldn’t be any more reasons to oppose the administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy toward immigrants seeking asylum across the U.S.-Mexico border, another horror surfaces: the death of an immigrant child who had been held in custody by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an immigration facility in Dilley, Texas.
Much has been written about the woeful lack of preparation for this ill-conceived policy, which has caused irreparable harm to thousands of families through the separation of parents from their children. Now, policymakers must potentially answer for the death of a child.
As we grapple with these tragedies, it’s on each of us to realize that what we’re seeing is history repeating itself. The Trump administration’s actions in 2018 aren’t, unfortunately, all that different from historical actions taken by the United States toward its indigenous peoples over the last 150 years.