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Texas Immigrant Detention Center Bans The Use Of Crayons By Traumatized Children

The sudden ban on crayons from the visiting area at a Texas immigration detention facility for women and children might seem to be a harbinger of the Trump era.

After all, it is unconscionably cruel to deny momentary comfort and escape for already traumatized kids as their mothers consult with the volunteer lawyers who help them apply for asylum.

Photo Credit: Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast

Photo Credit: Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast

“Having children color and draw provides a distraction for children while their mothers relate incidents of trauma, violence, and abuse,” notes an open letter by the lawyers of the Karnes Pro Bono Project and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) to the officials who oversee the facility.

But the ban—which a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman terms “an alleged Crayon ban,” but is a ban nonetheless—was instituted at the Karnes family detention facility on Nov. 7. That was the day before the election whose outcome not even the winner foresaw.

What the pro bono lawyers and other volunteers who assist those held at Karnes only slightly jokingly call “Crayongate” in fact seems to be an example of how callous government can be even if the White House is occupied by a someone as human and humane as Barack Obama.

Just imagine what may come to pass with Donald Trump now ultimately in charge.

As things already were, the TV that ICE cites as an alternate diversion for crayon-deprived children in the Karnes visiting area has more often than not been tuned to the very channel that the Trump campaign chose for the two jumbo screens at his victory party on Election Night.

“Lot of times they have it on Fox News,” notes pro bono lawyer Barbara Hines.

Source: The Daily Beast

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