Migrant children in cages

Dear readers,

I get political now and then. Usually because I like the rest of the world get angry or emotional at images of words that hit a nerve.

I am not a Donald Trump fan. Not in the slightest. I have tried to understand the reasons why people voted for him, and like Brexit, there is an array of reasons. I wanted to invite Donald Trump supporters to communicate with me on this blog.

No one did.

Donald Trump has hit many lows. Much of the media hysteria is hard to read, due to the polemic propaganda from right and left. He distracts people on Twitter with nonsense, while drafting through bill after bill in disclosure, making the rich richer and the poor poorer, which a large majority of this demographic voted for him. He’s lied through his teeth, admitted to not paying taxes, been accused of various acts of sexual abuse, he’s determined to burn more holes in the ozone layer, abolishing any attempts for a cheaper healthcare for the most needy; I’m sure I’m missing a few vices, but regardless, he’s far from the model president. It’s all under the slogan, Make A America great again. Well, is it?

Trump supporters might tell me to mind my own business; our own British backyard is far from perfect, and they’re correct, especially considering how Brexit negotiations have gone. He might be coming to UK in the next month, and there have been various protests and petitions to stop him from coming or challenge him on certain issues. Weirdly, the low-brow side of me awaits the hostile reaction, and his response. Here’s a couple of links of protests/petitions, if you’re in the UK and interested in attending:

https://www.facebook.com/events/144340712883728/?ti=as

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/220898

Enough about the UK. It’s time to turn my attention to adopted country, Honduras. We’ve all been watching on in shock at the illegal immigrant children being separated from their parents in, what I believe to be in towns bordering Mexico. The Trump administration have been trying to cover it up, then blame the Democrats for the immigration laws when they realised a smokescreen wasn’t feasible. It’s now turning into a damning state of affairs, with videos of caged children being played in Trump press conferences, while also prompting many memes comparing the crisis to the Nazi concentration camps in the 1940s, like so:

We are now beginning to see what Trump is all about in his immigration policies, despite the first lady calling for an end to this practice.

I imagine many of the children are Honduran. Not sure of the percentage wise, but the origins of the children are unimportant, especially when considering the child’s growth is at stake. It’s especially sensitive when I work with children that young and that vulnerable on an everyday basis at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos.

I understand people’s concerns about illegal immigration. I also know full well they are the first to get blamed when there is a recession or the country is in turmoil; they’re an easy target. I’ve mentioned it before in my posts, but when the US globalisation machine sells an image of the American Dream, while many Central Americans live in poverty and the threat of violence everyday, without adequate support of the state; why not try your luck?

I’m simplifying the immigration, I know. And there is no quick fix, despite Trump’s cancelling the Dreamers and Temporary Protection programmes for those who came to the US in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. This though, caged people, is inhumane. And Trump knows the best thing to do is reverse this practice.

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About Nicholas Rogers

I am an English journalist/copywriter living in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and I have been here since 2011. I originally came to work with Casa Alianza, which supports street kids and vulnerable youths. I then stayed on, after meeting Pamela Cruz Lozano, who calls me her adopted Catracho. I work freelance journalism and I have my own translation business. Why did I come here? For the challenge, to open my mind and get out of my comfort zone. I love literature and I've written a book with street kids. I write novels, short stories and poetry, all of which you will find on this blog, as well as a lot of information about Honduras. View all posts by Nicholas Rogers

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