Jakelin is just the latest victim of a system that is ill-equipped to handle even processing people with dignity and ill-prepared to accept the reality that migrants from Central America are fleeing violence and poverty that are the consequences of failed U.S. foreign policy in the region.
But instead of fixing the system, the leaders of it are saying, let’s blame the victims. It’s not like the president’s latest policies are deliberately making it harder for people to present themselves for asylum at busier ports of entry on the idea that it’ll disincentivize coming, causing the understandably incentivized migrants to look for other alternatives to entry. It’s not like we haven’t been barraged with rhetoric that paints Central American migrants as murderous criminals who are coming to terrorize of American way of life.
The Trump administration could offer compassion, but blames the victims, because it’s the easy and cowardly way out.
“It’s a needless death, and it’s 100 percent preventable,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Friday. “If we could just come together and pass some common sense laws to disincentivize people from coming up from the border and encourage them to do it the right way, the legal way, then those types of deaths, those types of assaults, those types of rapes, the child smuggling, the human trafficking that would all come to an end. And we hope Democrats join the president.”