Death at the border

Should we be shocked that a 7-year-old child died in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) custody? Not if we remember that Donald Trump began his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans rapists and murderers, heads an administration that sought to discourage illegal immigration by separating children from their parents and describes those fleeing Central American violence as “very bad people” who bring crime and disease. Such demonizing is bound to influence those dealing with those who are demonized. So, we shouldn’t be surprised at this Guatemalan girl’s death in CBP custody.

Nor should we be astounded that she received no medical attention for 90 minutes after she began vomiting and that her temperature was 105.7 degrees.

And while a CBP spokesperson said, “Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the child,” it’s no surprise that the Department of Homeland Security, already under criticism for holding detainees in terrible conditions, blamed her parents, saying that the trip north “is extremely dangerous.” Nor that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen piled on, “This family chose to cross illegally.” Nor that a White House spokesperson described this as a “tragic situation” but then used it as an opportunity to urge Congress to “disincentivize” migrants.

This administration doesn’t care that these parents are trying to save their children from unimaginable violence. That’s why it has eliminated asylum protections for domestic and gang violence victims and reduced the number of “proper channels” for legal immigration. No, we shouldn’t be shocked when death is the result. We should be outraged.

Debbie Ziccardi, Cuyahoga Falls

 

Issue divides us

In reading about the “heartbeat” bill and other legislation regarding abortion, two key points are not mentioned. The real purpose of this legislation is to divide Ohioans into two warring camps. This has been a Republican strategy for years and they continue to push issues that put us against each other. The other purpose of the legislation is money. Right to life groups from all over the country put money into Republican campaign committees to promote these laws just as the gun industry and charter schools do the same.

Don’t think for a minute that Republicans in Columbus care about the sanctity of life. Their purpose is to drive a wedge between Ohio voters and to continue the flow of money into their pockets. If those legislators did have a thought for the sanctity of life they would have done away with the death penalty years ago. You cannot support the state killing people and believe all life is precious. Also, these legislators would stop the buying and selling of assault-style weapons. These military-style weapons have one purpose, to kill. Only a hypocrite would support the sale of these weapons and still try to prevent abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

I hope all of Ohio sees the hypocrisy of these Republicans. We all live in a shared humanity. We are all children of the same God. And even if my thoughts on abortion are different from yours, I am not your enemy, I am not evil. And since your thoughts may be different from mine you are not my enemy nor are you evil. We are in this together. We must work together.

Michael H. Doney, Akron

 

Trump’s costly battle

The 2013 government shutdown cost the economy an estimated $24 billion. In 2018, President Trump wants to shut down the government over not being able to charge taxpayers $5 billion for a wall that he assured his true believers Mexico would pay for.

A very fine example of Republican logic.

Ernest Michaels, Cuyahoga Falls