Reports state that Department of Health and Human Services has been taking in about 250 children per day in recent weeks as immigrants from South America—primarily from the nations of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras—pour into America. By August, the department could have as many as 30,000 kids on its hands.
VIDEO: Youtuber ‘TruthOnTheBorder’ details the Mexican human smuggler (or ‘coyote’) ‘rape trees’ found along the Mexico/U.S. border .
Though reporting of the event has been sensational and at times hysterical—CBS reporter Gayle King stated that “the Statue of Liberty is weeping”—no one wishes to see children separated from their parents, even temporarily.
There has been a great deal of finger-pointing over who’s to blame. Critics of the “zero tolerance” policy blame the president. His defenders and immigration hard-liners have mostly resorted to “whataboutism,” pointing out that the Obama administration also separated migrant children from parents who were being prosecuted for unlawful entry in to the U.S. and confined migrant children in cages and makeshift detention centers.
As the Daily Caller reported, “Obama administration prosecuted nearly 500,000 illegal immigrants between FY 2010-FY 2016. They referred 1/5 of illegals for prosecution, which often resulted in family separations.”
This fact, of course, gets us no closer to addressing the horrifying conditions of the detention centers, their human cost, or the bureaucratic nightmare we’ve witnessed in recent years.
The shock, outrage, and sadness Americans displayed over these detention centers reveals two things: 1) Their admirable compassion for their fellow humans; 2) Their utter ignorance of what most migrants undergo during their 1,500-mile trek to the American border.
A glance at a few previously reported statistics reveals that for most Central Americans—children and adults—the true horrors of their pilgrimage are experienced before they ever step foot in the United States.
1. Reports Suggest 60-80% of Women Are Raped During Their Journey
A staggering 80 percent of Central American females—girls and women—reported being raped while crossing Mexico en route to the United States, according to a stunning 2014 Fusion investigation.