The unnecessary devastation and lasting trauma of Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy has been another mark on this administration. The policy has been widely criticized, both domestically and abroad. Despite the hope that comes with reuniting these families, the children and their parents will not soon forget the cruel actions of this administration.
Trump’s rhetoric seems to support the idea that families immigrating without proper documentation need to be punished for their “selfish” actions. Yet, many of these families are facing war and violence. Waiting for proper documentation is not a viable option for them.
After facing persecution and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, the Rohingya in these camps now face deadly flooding and disease as well. Their camps—built from temporary materials as they were not able to construct permanent housing—were not meant to withstand torrential downpours. According to Al Jazeera, 900 shelters and 200 restrooms have been washed away by the storms.