I used to be hesitant to use the word "evil" in politics but not so much anymore. How else would you describe this?
The Office of Refugee Resettlement is preparing for the possibility of another surge in family separations. Internal documents obtained by Slate show that ORR has modeled a scenario in which the Trump administration’s border policies could require the detention of thousands more immigrant children.
But why settle for one kind of evil when you can compound it with a second level of evil?
HHS plans to reallocate $79 million from programs for refugee resettlement, a move that could imperil social services, medical assistance, and English language instructions for refugees in the U.S., as well as programs for torture survivors.
But wait! The Trump administration isn't done larding more evil on top of what is essentially an evil layer cake.
The documents also indicate that HHS plans to pay for child separation by reallocating money from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which, according to its website, “provides a comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured.” Per the documents, the process of transferring those HIV/AIDS funds has already begun.
So, to recap, the Trump administration is already planning on resuming tearing screaming children away from their families and putting them into concentration camps. Camps in which we already know they are being underfed, abused, and neglected. I promise you, it's just a matter of time until we find out that some of the stolen children have died from neglect or have been prostituted out by the staff. Most likely both.
These cruel and inhuman camps are to be paid for by taking money away from desperate refugees needing assistance. Because the richest country in the world now turns its back on refugees. The rest will be taken away from people with HIV who will develop AIDS without medication and die. Because the most "Christian" country in the world no longer cares about the sick and the poor.
The two most important takeaways from this story are that there is no limit to the depravity and cruelty of the Trump administration. Our government currently exists to cause as much harm as it can to the enemies of white Republican voters. The other takeaway is that white Republican voters will wallow in this evil because that is who they are. Three years from now, when Trump is gone and they're pretending they never supported him, they'll be lying.
Never forget that 60+ million Republicans either excused the torture of children or lustily cheered it on. They will think nothing of making other refugees suffer and letting some poor people with HIV die. This is who they are. This is who they've always been.