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What About The Life Of The Immigrant Child – Outside Of The Womb?

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By Felicia J. Persaud

News Americas, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Fri. May 31, 2019: In an effort to prove just how “Christian” they are,
Bible touting right wingers who adopt and quote scripture when it is convenient
to their agenda, are now on a mad push to prove just how far they are willing
to go to protect a “life.”

The new anti-abortion
laws in 8 states, including Alabama, Georgia and Missouri, threatens federal
laws already on the books on abortion and a woman’s right to choose, but who
cares?

Suddenly, these upstanding
Christian lawmakers, are concerned about the right of a fetus from the time of
conception.

Forget the living
and breathing children who are dying in US detention centers and the thousands being
kept apart from their parents or dying from gun violence daily.

Who cares about
those children? Only the fetus counts at this point, while it’s still in the
womb, not once it enters the world!

I will skip the
thousands of children who have been victims of gun violence for this column and
get straight to the immigrant children whose lives are not even a blip on the
radar of these Bible-touting Republicans.

On Monday, May 20th,
it was reported that a fifth child had died in U.S. Border Patrol custody since
December 2018. According to reports, the 16-year-old teen from Guatemala died
Monday at a Border Patrol station in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

U.S. Customs and
Border Protection said the teen was found unresponsive Monday morning during a
welfare check at the agency’s Weslaco, Texas, station and his cause of death is
unknown. His death came after he was detained for a week already. Federal law
requires the Department of Homeland Security to send minors unaccompanied by a
parent or legal guardian to HHS within 72 hours of determining that the child
is unaccompanied.

This teen’s death
comes on the heels of the death of a 2-year-old child who died on May 14th
in custody after he and his mother were detained by the Border Patrol.

The agency says it
took the child to the hospital the same day the mother reported he was sick,
and he was hospitalized for several weeks.

Three other children have also died in custody in the past five months.  On April 30, a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died after officials at an HHS detention facility noticed that he was sick. He was hospitalized in intensive care for several days before his death.


And two children
ages 7 and 8, died in December.

This news comes as
Lee Gelernt, the lead ACLU lawyer in the organizations separations case against
the administration, said in a statement that “the government has indicated that
it has already found preliminary indications of 1,700 more separated families,
on top of the more than 3,000 separated families already reported.”

That means there
are still some 4,700 children still separated from their families suffering
untold trauma – emotionally, mentally and perhaps physically as they are
vulnerable to sexual abuse and even bullying.

But don’t bother
right-wingers with this issue. Afterall, these are “illegals” trying to enter the
country without merit. Who cares about their lives?

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The writer is publisher at NewsAmericasNow

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