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Treatment of migrant children

August 21, 2019
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

On Aug. 15, a federal court ruled against the Trump Administration, ruling that detained migrant children must have access to basic hygiene and cannot be deprived of sleep.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a federal government appeal against such requirements. In the ruling, the panel of judges wrote Thursday, "Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep deprived are without doubt essential to the children's safety."

While most Americans are surely in agreement with this determination, not enough appear to be truly outraged that the Trump Administration and Department of Justice was fighting this ruling. The DOJ was, in fact, arguing that migrant children were not entitled to humane conditions and articles like soap and a place to sleep.

We must demand better of our government. Treating children worse than we treat animals in kennels is a stain on our national character.

Susan McGuire

On behalf of Pine Island ROAR

(Rise Up, Organize, Activate, Resist)




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