The death of 7-yearold Jackeline Caal, a Guatemalan immigrant child under the custody of US Border Protection force once again underscores the extent of heinous repression unleashed on immigrants by Trump administration. It is the direct outcome of the anti-immigrant policy and inhuman deprivation inflicted on asylum seekers from Latin America crossing US border.
Caal, daughter of Guatemalan immigrant Nery was forcibly separated from his father by US security forces in spite of the former’s prompt reporting to the immigration officials at the US-Mexican border. According to reports, Caal’s death was due to dehydration coupled with lack of food; and whatever medical attention she got was at that stage of no return to life.
This horror of an innocent girl dying after forcible separation from her parents due to lack of food and water once again exposes the true essence of US democracy. Ripping children from their immigrant parents and even snatching them from parents’ arms have become part of Trump’s “zero tolerance” against children and is the most inhuman and cruel turn of US’s anti-immigrant anti-refugee policy. Thousands of children after separated from parents are already in detention centres which are nothing but prisons. Often they are kept in tents attached to military bases along the US-Mexico border where US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and local police are having round-the-clock vigilance.
The mass exodus of immigrants and refugees in search of sustenance and livelihood is the direct consequence of US-led imperialism’s plunder, violence and bloodshed unleashed on humanity. In particular, in the mad pursuit of super-imposing US hegemony over the whole of Latin America and convert the latter as its backyard, the Yankees had committed the worst crimes from the very beginning. US imperialism’s approach to the Latin American people has been a continuation of the notoriety pursued by it against the indigenous people of the America, the Red Indians whom George Washington, the Father of US nation characterised not as humans but as “beasts of prey”. And the subjugation and control over Latin America also enabled US to accomplish what is called “imperialism without colonies” during the colonial period. During the postwar neo-colonial period, the US continued the same policy and the military dictators that ruled the Latin American countries at different periods were trained in US military schools. And the present inflow of refugees and immigrants from Latin America to US is the outcome of neoliberal policies propped up by the latter leading to displacement, loss of livelihood, repression and persecution.
Targeting children and unleashing government-sanctioned child persecution including ripping children from their parents and putting them in military detention centres are nothing but crimes against humanity. For all lackeys of imperialism, US is the paradise of democracy. But they must know that this paradise has not yet ratified the UN Convention of the Rights of Child. Therefore Trump administration can unleash violence against tender-age children with impunity. No doubt, US imperialism remains as the principal barrier in world people’s path in their move towards the establishment of a humane and just social order.