Baby New Year at Trump border gate: Darcy cartoon

January 1, 2019 GMT

Baby New Year at Trump border gate: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Before the New Year’s ball dropped, the Trump administration dropped the ball with the deaths of two migrant children in U.S. custody and reports of migrants being given wrist identification numbers, recalling Nazi Germany.

Yahoo News and MSNBC showed migrants, including children, with wrist numbers, written with permanent markers, to identify their place on waiting lists to seek legal asylum at the El Paso, Texas border crossing.

It’s still unclear who began the practice of using wrist numbers at the Mexico-U.S. border.  But it is clear that Nazis began the practice of tattooing Jewish prisoners in Hitler’s concentration camps with wrist/arm ID numbers, which is what the migrant wrist numbers recall.


The two Guatemala children who died in U.S. custody have been identified by their names and ages.   7-year-old Jakelin Call Maquin’s death was quickly followed by the death of Felipe Gomez Alonzo who was 8 years-old.

In statements and tweets, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and President Trump were quick to blame the victims parents and Democrats for the innocent children’s deaths while in U.S. custody.

In two tweets, Trump claimed the following:

“Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally.  They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t  even try!”

“The two children in question were very sick before they were given over to the Border Patrol.  The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days.  Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end.  They are working so hard & getting so little credit.”

The father of Jakelin Caal Maquin denies making the statement that Trump attributed to him.   The facts about the children’s health before they were in U.S. custody have yet to be fully established.

Felipe Gomez Alonzo had been in U.S. custody for five days before he died.

Trump’s tweets on the subject are just more Trump fiction for the Trump Presidential twitter library.

What isn’t fiction is that the Trump administration New Year’s resolution is the same as their 2016 and 2017 resolutions.  The Trump administration is resolved to stop not only illegal immigration, but legal immigration.


The migrants being given wrist numbers are waiting to seek legal asylum at the El Paso border, not trying to cross illegally.

Under a policy designed by Trump adviser Stephen Miller, the Trump administration has been trying to thwart even legal asylum seekers at all points of entry 

Miller’s immigration policy was put into action without U.S. Customs and Border agents and facilities being properly trained, prepared and equipped to handle the results, and that contributed to two children needlessly dying in U.S. custody.

Instead of giving basic, proper, humanitarian aid, U.S. border agents have been caught on video dumping out life-saving gallon jugs of water left by good samaritans for migrants.

What’s especially galling about migrants being given wrist numbers, recaulling Nazi, Germany, is that Stephen Miller is the descendant of Jewish survivors of the Nazis.  

Miller’s relatives have denounced the hypocrisy of his immigration policy.  They’ve pointed out that if the Trump-Miller immigration policy had been in place during World War II his family members would never have made it into the United States, that they would have been killed and the Stephen Miller would never have even been born.

“Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...and we’ll turn them away at our border wall or slate fence, and let their kids die in our custody” - Donald Trump, Stephen Miller, Kirstjen Nielsen.