There is something inherently wrong with the values of any of our Nation’s leaders who describe detention centers as summer recreational facilities, as did an ICE official this week. Any ICE official holding the delicate responsibility of simultaneously protecting borders and protecting the human rights of those seeking assistance at our borders must be able to recognize that the deprivation of freedom, although it may be necessary during dangerous times, is foreign to our American creed and raison d’etre. Such deprivation of liberty should only be employed in the direst situations and not for battered, traumatized families seeking refuge at our door step.
The insensitive nature in which ICE officials refer to the conditions under which the U.S. government has shamelessly and unapologetically implemented illegal policies towards immigrant families at the Mexican border evidences a national cognitive dissonance when it comes to immigrant issues. This policy, although changed, has not been fully remedied by the current Administration. There is a great clamor to “uphold the law” when migrants cross into the U.S. seeking refuge, but not a peep is heard when leaders lie about their taxes, sexually molest women or even collude and conspire with foreign powers to undermine the U.S. democratic process. Cognitive dissonance. In those situations, many refuse to recognize that laws must still be upheld. Encyclopedia Britannica defines this as:
“Cognitive dissonance, the mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in people is relieved by one of several defensive maneuvers: they reject, explain away, or avoid the new information; persuade themselves that no conflict really exists; reconcile the differences; or resort to any other defensive means of preserving stability or order in their conceptions of the world and of themselves…”
Therefore, for many of this current Administration’s supporters, the law only exists when addressing immigration policy. This is a problem.
There have been many ideas on how to remedy our tragic immigration issues. Some have even called to forget the [immigration] wall altogether. Yet, one must not forget that the origin of “the wall policy” is nativism. Therefore, such discussions will not be entertained or considered by the current Administration as it has adopted that basic premise to implement the “protection of the alleged white, Christian native” as opposed to the “protection of our actual multicultural, pluri-theist nation, the United States of America. We seem to have forgotten that protecting everyone’s freedom protects our individual freedoms.
Indeed, the freedoms we, as Americans, value need to be protected even more than in the past. With reports of horrendous physical and psychological abuse of children separated at the Border or of children being medicated without parental consent, I am sure no ICE official would want to spend any time in Camp U.S. Detention Center this summer. Just ask them… Would you?
By The Immigration Post – Chief Editor