Republican/Tea Party extremists have outdone themselves today as they set up a blockade to deny children access to a safe and secure facility that could house them while they wait to be processed by immigration authorities. Their behavior was so consumed with hatred that it is an embarrassment to all Americans whose Statue of Liberty begs for the world to send their poor, huddled masses.
After weeks of media reports showing severely overpopulated facilities in Texas, where young children and even infants are housed in prison-like conditions, sleeping on concrete, lacking air-conditioning, federal officials are attempting to provide some relief by dispersing the thousands of child immigrants to various locations so that they can be processed faster and under more humane conditions. And this act of compassion and responsibility is being met with opposition by right-wing, bigoted protesters who favor mistreatment of kids simply because of their immigrant status.
The protesters literally blocked the roads preventing the buses from arriving at their destination in Murrieta, California. The kids had already been traveling for hours, and now were forced to remain in the buses for an additional two hour trek to a different facility. They chanted “USA,” “Impeach Obama,” and “Deport,” with a hostility that could only have exacerbated the kids’ anxiety and fear.
This unconscionable behavior was reported on Fox News in glowing terms, elevating the protesters to heroes and patriots who had simply “had enough.” It was reminiscent of the Fox News glorification of the criminally deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy and his militia thugs. Fox & Friends led off the day with some especially revolting characterizations of these unfortunate children.
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