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A New Low: Exploitation of Child Prisoners For Propaganda

Obama’s aggressive use of detention of child refugees in Texas and Pennsylvania is on the ropes given two recent rulings from federal courts in Washington D.C. and California.

One judge, in Washington D.C., already issued an injunction against the use of detention of children as a deterrent future children and mothers from seeking asylum in the United States.

Another Judge, in California, issued a tentative ruling on April 29 that would effectively end the current practice of detaining children in unlicensed, secure detention facilities such as the South Texas Family Residential Center and the Karnes County Residential Center.

Yet the Obama administration appears intent on going forward despite the clear fact that detaining children in these facilities is illegal. On the same day that the Judge in California issued the tentative ruling, ICE arranged a video and photo shoot at the South Texas Residential Center.

The footage’s purpose in clear: to use (exploit) the images and sounds of children to make the imprisonment of children look humane. Why would the Obama administration kick their propaganda machine into high gear at the same time that its practices are being dealt near-fatal blows?

DHS’s actions are extremely troubling. The purpose of the videos and photos–to support the practice of imprisoning children to deport them and their mothers to harm in their native countries–is directly against the best interests of the children in the videos and photos. It is not in the best interests of any of the children at ICE’s child jails to remain in jail, or to be deported to their home countries.

The use of these photos may also violate federal privacy laws that protect the children and mothers’ rights to confidentiality.

Note that lurking in the background of these supposedly positive images is evidence of incarceration. In the first photo, on the horizon, one can see a solid high wall and a mesh fence added to the top, making it nearly impossible for children, with toddlers in tow, to scale the fence to escape the jail.

This is the first of two posts. The second will contain the images taken from the Karnes County Residential Center.

Obama’s Child Prisoners have their photos taken without taken by ICE without their consent.

Residents walk through common campus area at the STFRC in Dilley, Texas.

An imprisoned toddler walks in the South Texas Children Prison.

Children at the South Texas Children Prison School.

Children at the South Texas Children Prison School.

A child and her mother in South Texas Children Jail

A child and her mother in South Texas Children Jail

A child walks in the barren grounds of the South Texas Children Jail

A child walks in the barren grounds of the South Texas Children Jail

The video footage of South Texas and Karnes Children Jails is eerily identical to a 1940s propaganda video on the Japanese Internment Camps. This quote from the narrator says it all: “Special emphasis was put on the health and care of these American children of Japanese descent” preceded and followed by these chilling images:

A still from a 1940s video justifying the incarceration of parents and children of Japanese descent.

A still from a 1940s video justifying the incarceration of parents and children of Japanese descent.

Change we can believe in: Obama, unlike Franklin Roosevelt, blurred out the faces of his child prisoners.

Change we can believe in: Obama, unlike Franklin Roosevelt, blurred out the faces of his child prisoners.

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