Trump threatens to veto border funding because it won't let him jail more babies


Trump issued a veto threat against a $4.5 billion House bill because it creates protections for children the Trump administration is jailing in unsafe conditions at the border.

The cruelty truly is the point.

Trump on Monday issued a veto threat against a $4.5 billion supplemental funding bill that both addresses the immigration crisis at the border and at the same time creates protections for immigrant children who are being housed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

The added protections include creating rules that demand safer and better conditions for migrant kids, while at the same time banning funds from being used to jail more immigrant children arriving at the border, which the Associated Press reported made the measure "even less palatable" to Trump.

According to a statement of administration policy issued Monday night, the Trump administration says that the provisions to protect kids at the border "undermine child welfare."

"Because this bill does not provide adequate funding to meet the current crisis, and because it contains partisan provisions designed to hamstring the Administration's border enforcement efforts, the Administration opposes its passage," the statement reads.

The conditions at the border are truly horrific.

Lawyers have described the facilities where children are jailed as "traumatic and dangerous," with kids observed crusted in mucus and soiled clothes, going weeks without bathing or changing, and reports of them being served uncooked frozen food.

Children have also been forced to sleep on dirt and have had life-saving medications taken from them. In fact, half a dozen kids have died in U.S. custody.

And appallingly, the Trump administration has defended the horrific conditions, with a Department of Justice lawyer arguing in court that providing soap or toothbrushes to jailed kids is not necessary to meet the federally mandated rule of providing kids with a "safe and sanitary" environment. Unsurprisingly, the judges did not buy that argument.

By threatening to veto a bill that provides funding for the humanitarian crisis at the border just because it contains provisions to ensure immigrants are treated like human beings at the border, Trump is putting more lives at risk to satisfy his racist goals.

That's about as disturbing as it gets.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.