The coercion and cruelty at the border is not over.
From the earliest days of Trump’s “zero tolerance” border policy, which systematically split migrant families at the border, there has been widespread failure to monitor and protect detained children. Now that lawsuits and public outrage have led to a suspension of the family-separation policy, the White House is grudgingly revealing that no one in the government knows just how many children have vanished over the past year into the legal black hole the administration has carved into the southern frontier.
A recent report from the Office of the Inspector General of Health and Human Services shows starkly that separation was never intended for the “welfare” of the children or due to unreasonable legal hurdles, as White House officials previously suggested. Rather, the means were the ends: The aim was always to punish families mercilessly for the “crime” of crossing the border.