Addressing the elephant in the room

AP compares new press narrative on children being separated from families to slavery, Native American, and Japanese Internment camps


The Associated Press is reporting that throughout American history, during times of war and unrest, authorities have cited various reasons and laws to take children away from their families.

The press is hot on the issue of children of illegals being separated from their families. President Trump tweeted yesterday “We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally. Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very dangerous trip, and only 2,000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our country illegally on numerous occasions.

Now lets look at the examples AP sites in American history. The first is slavery before abolition, children of black slaves were born into slavery and could be sold by owners at will. Black women could do little to stop the sale of children and often never saw them again after they were sent away.

Native American Boarding Schools

After the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, when the Army slaughtered 150 Lakota men, women and children in the last chapter of America’s long Indian wars, authorities forced Native American families to send their children to government or church-run boarding schools. The objective, as Carlisle Indian Industrial School founder Capt. Richard H. Pratt put it, was to “kill the Indian in him and save the man.”


During the early 1900s, states sometimes pulled children from poor families and placed them in orphanages. But reformers in the 1920s and 1930s began promoting the idea that children should not be separated from their families, according to “In the Shadow Of the Poorhouse: A Social History Of Welfare In America” by Michael B. Katz.


During the Great Depression, local authorities in California and Texas participated in a mass deportation of Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans whom they blamed for the economic downturn. Between 500,000 and 1 million Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans were pushed out of the country during the 1930s repatriation, as the removal is sometimes called.

Japanese internment camps

Starting in 1942, when the U.S. was at war with Japan, around 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were ordered by the U.S. government into prison camps around the country. An estimated 30,000 were children.

The President is under a great deal of pressure to do something about the poor illegal children being detained. But the fact of the matter is these children for the most part are being sent to a foreign country by themselves, what parent would do this. The ones that are not are entering the US illegally with an adult which may or may not be their parent. The United States is a nation of laws. Either we enforce them or we do not.

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