Wednesday July 18, 2018
Immigrant children aren't the only ones at risk under this administration.
President Donald Trump finally caved to public pressure and promised to stop separating immigrant children from their parents. Yet the next steps remain unclear and of uncertain legality.
Like immigration, the mistreatment of children is an old problem that Trump is making worse. It's not just children seized at the border who aren't treated with compassion. America also systematically shortchanges its own children.
"A shockingly high number of children in the U.S. live in poverty," the United Nations reporter on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, declared in a scathing report.
Almost one-fifth of American children live in poverty, and they account for one-fifth of homeless people.
There's a direct link between the mistreatment of immigrant children at the border and the indifference toward low-income children all across the country. The core reason is a lack of compassion.
Researchers Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer have found that some 3 million American children live in "extreme poverty," with a cash income of less than $2 per person per day. A child is 57 percent more likely to die by the age of 19 in the U.S. than in European countries, according to a study published this year in Health Affairs magazine.
A bipartisan outcry forced Trump to back down from tearing immigrant kids from their parents.
Now we need a similar outcry on behalf of America's children.
Richard A. Weiherer
Trump takes problem and makes it worse