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Refugees

The American public’s support for bringing thousands of refugees to America has increased over the last year, even as Trump has dedicated much of his presidency to attacking them.

Polling data from Gallup released on Tuesday saw a six percent increase in support for refugees from Central America, up from December 2018. Support now stands at 57 percent.

The increase was most pronounced among Republicans, going up 10 percent over the last seven months. Support was also up with Democrats and independents.

“If support for Central American refugee entry continues to increase, this could jeopardize President Donald Trump’s immigration-related initiatives,” Gallup wrote.

Republicans have already seen political fallout from their attacks on immigrants. Anti-immigration messages dominated Republican campaign ads in 2018; but the GOP lost the House to Democrats in a “blue wave” of voters.

These refugees, in spite of — or because of — Trump’s attacks, have a strong base of support.

Gallup found that support for this group of refugees was higher than most past polls for other refugee groups.

Even as public support for refugees went up in the polls, Trump continued his assault on immigrants.

Trump and his administration have threatened the use of “lethal force” at the border they deployed more troops there.

Trump has even considered using executive powers for what would amount to a ban on asylum-seekers who are trying to escape violence in Central America.

Trump’s top aide, Stephen Miller, has reportedly been tasked with effectively enacting a total ban on refugees as part of a multi-pronged opposition to immigration.

Trump has also severely restricted the availability of officials who can process asylum claims, as part of a strategy called “metering.” Activists say this policy contributed directly to the death of a father and his daughter, who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande.

The polls show that the administration’s anti-immigrant policies are outside the American mainstream, and even face growing distrust from Republicans. But Trump is focused like a laser beam on exclusion.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Trump administration is detaining a record number of people, despite Congress telling it not to. And, according to a new report, it’s doing so with for-profit detention camps, allowing businesses to make a dime off of suffering families.

Earlier this year, as part of a deal to end the government shutdown, Congress provided ICE with a goal of reducing the number of detainees to 40,520 by September.

Mother Jones reported Tuesday that ICE blew past that limit and pushed its detainment population to an “all-time high” of 54,000.

The Trump administration has not only disregarded the limitations Congress set specifically to discourage ICE from detaining so many immigrants, it also started using three for-profit detention camps in the last month, located in Mississippi and Louisiana. Ostensibly, the owners of these for-profit centers are being paid with American taxpayer dollars to expand detention capacity, essentially profiting off of all the suffering.

According to Mother Jones, one of the facilities in Adams County, Mississippi, has received previous complaints of improper medical care and staff mistreatment that were so bad the Department of Justice stopped using the facility for inmates.

Reports from Trump’s camps continue to worsen. A report from the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general said that overcrowding at the camps is creating a “ticking time bomb.” Hundreds of doctors have also said Trump’s treatment of migrant children could cause them serious, long-term medical issues.

The mistreatment of detainees has caused an international outcry. This week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said she was “shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded facilities, without access to adequate healthcare or food, and with poor sanitation conditions.”

But her words apparently fell on deaf ears in the White House.

Published with permission of The American Independent.