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Re: Terrible conditions. - Elle
Actually, what's described is the result of NOT separating the children as I see it. From my perspective, the fault in the short period of zero tolerance was mainly in the unpreparedness of record keeping and communication with the parent. Problem was that in many cases, the accompanying adult was not the parent. What parent would choose separation from their small child for an unspecified lengthy time if they did not think they would be reunited? Separated children might be in undesirable settings for a short period but would be more likely to have their basic needs attended to. Small children, unable to communicate for themselves certainly needed to be identified and kept track of with greater concern. With the care of their children dependent on the parent now and crowded unpleasant conditions for all, it's all but impossible to address as rapidly as it needs to be. I've been ranting on the subject for months now. With hundreds pouring in each day in facilities and manpower set up for a fraction of that. Even if we immediately deported them, it would still take days to process them and during that time the conditions would be poor.
Think about 100 people arriving at your doorstep when you expected 10. They're dirty, sick and hungry. How long would it take to bring in porta-potties, tents and extra food, take the sick for medical attention even with neighbors pitching in to help? Even before you got those first people settled, another 100 showed up and it happened every day for a month and more. How long would it take before there was no way to keep up with the influx and the ability to provide adequate accommodations? That's what's happening at the border.
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