It is not a matter of money; it is all about US hypocrisy 

By Yenny Delgado 

The United States pays private companies approximately $775 dollars a day to hold a child in a concentration camp.

Just let that sink in for a moment, every day $775 of your tax dollars are going to mistreat the descendants of Native Americans whose colonizers were Spanish and today are called “Latinos”.

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Our current immigration policy on the southern border has never been about money it is about cruelty and systematic dehumanization. White supremacist ideology is the undercurrent behind these policies and how our government has treated the most vulnerable in the continent.  

On the Ground

The story of this country and the current policies are a reflection of the founding of the United States.  Since the first permanent English colony in Jamestown, Virginia; European have systematically invaded and expropriate Native Americans lands, committed a continental genocide, and enslaved 12 million Africans for 300 years.  These atrocities set the baseline of treatment of how the nation has treated individuals who were not part of the primary white identity group.  

Today, thousands of families and children have been separated and put into cages in horrible conditions, under the guise of law and order and implications from the Trump administration that there are strained economic resources.  However, as the administration has requested additional funds to go to Customs and Border Enforcement, it has also cut funding to support humanitarian aid (from the US Agency for International Development) to the Central American countries where the majority of the migrants come.  

On Wednesday, July 3rd, Dr. Goza of the American Academy of Pediatrics, received three drawings from children detained in US government detention centers at the Southern Border. The drawing was provided by the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas.  Though children are not always able to vocalize their concerns or traumas it is well understood that through drawing children are able to better express thoughts and lived realities.  In this case, the children’s drawing reflects the trauma and abuse they have experienced and suffered from the United States government, paid for by our tax dollars. 

While reports of abuse and inhumane conditions at the border make headlines daily, the Custom and Border Protection requested additional funds. Despite coverage which shows the lack of humanity shown at the border by our government, Congress still chose to pass a bi-partisan bill for an additional $4.6 Billion dollars to fund border security and concentration camps on the Southern Border.  

If the current administration is placing individuals in concentration camps and separating families, in what reality does it make sense to provide the administration additional resources for failed policies?  The funding does not ask questions as to what the government’s solutions for improved processing are or how will conditions be improved.

In passing this bill that was signed into law by Trump, Congress chose not to ask questions about the conditions at the border and instead have provided tacit approval for inhumane policies and conditions.  Essentially, the country has decided yet again to throw money at the problem that will eventually land into the hands of a few for-profits and not-for-profits that have become a booming industry with the increased immigration rhetoric.  


No matter the reports showing children and adults are traumatizing, it is not about money.  It is about US hypocrisy to not deal with the real cause of what happening in the countries where people are fleeing and been forcing to immigrate to the north. 

Over the past two years, I have participated in several meetings with both ecumenical and evangelical religious leaders and the discussion often turns to the inhumane conditions of migrant children on the southern border.  In these settings, I have repeatedly asked:

Do you believe that if these children were white, European descendants would they be treated in the same way? All without exception told me no, “I do not think this would be happening.

Through an informal social media poll, over 80% of the more than 240 respondents affirmed that if the girls and boys on the southern border were white- European descendants than they would not be held in these inhumane conditions.

Mothers, fathers, and children are fleeing political violence, corruption, and the impacts of climate change at a chance for a better life – the response from the United States is detention, separation and concentration camps.  

Meanwhile, as the days go by the companies continue to benefit from all the overhead and benefits from US government contracts to keep individuals in inhumane conditions.  Detainees are not allowed to shower, detainees are not allowed space to sleep and all of the detainees are treated worse than Jeffery Epstein.  

Not only the Trump Administration but the Congress has approved a policy of separation and detention that harkens back to the saddest aspects of our countries history.  It is not a matter of money when it comes to doing the right thing in the United States. Unfortunately, the country has no vested interested in affirming the humanity of others and it is far too easy following white supremacist ideology no matter what the cost.  One group orders and oppresses, the other grouped that inferred to be inferior receives the punishment.  

The US refuses to recognize the humanity of Native Americans and their suffering; rather the country is content with a status quo of detention and separation.  There is only one word for what our country is doing, saying, and spending billions of dollars to maintain concentration camps. Hypocrisy.   


About Yenny Delgado

Yenny Delgado is a psychologist, theologian, development specialist, and political analyst. Follow @dc_yenny

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