Children are dead, and I don’t know what to say. When Donald Trump began kidnapping immigrant kids from their parents and locking them in cages inside concentration camps, we all knew it was a matter of time before they started dying. Sure enough, tragically, it’s happened. And for the life of me, I can’t figure out why Trump and Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen haven’t been criminally charged for it.
If I kidnapped a kid off the street and locked him in my basement, and he ended up getting sick and dying, I would be held criminally liable for his death. That would be true even if I fed the kid and gave him blankets. It would be true even if the kid were sickly to begin with. It would be true even if I took the kid to the hospital in the end, in an effort to save him.
I shudder to even say this, but more deaths are coming, and – appallingly – they’ll probably begin happening more frequently going forward. It’s how these kinds of camps play out, if they’re allowed to exist long enough. First they start dying in ways that it’s not entirely clear if there was negligence involved, which has now happened twice. Then, once there are no consequences for those behind the abomination, it’s interpreted as a free pass to begin being outright negligent.
This will only get worse. Of all the horrid things that have happened during the Trump regime, it’s the death of children that history will judge us the most harshly for. And of all the numerous atrocities we have to rise up and stop once we have partial control of the government next week, this simply has to be the first. That’s all I know. Beyond that, words fail me. Children are dead, and I don’t know what to say.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report