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Donald Trump is right. There IS a crisis at the border, but it is far different from what HE thinks is a national emergency.
The Devil's Highway is a 2004 paperback by Luis Alberto Urrea. Here's a link to the Amazon listing for the book:
The book details the harrowing conditions that face people from Mexico and the Central American countries who are fleeing dangerous conditions in their home country.
Yesterday's Al Jazeera had a column that goes into even more detail on what is literally a crisis at the border. Since the Clinton administration, roughly 21,000 have died in the desert on the way to the United States, and a large part of the blame goes to our Border Patrol, who have systematically destroyed water and food that had been left in the desert by human rights groups.
The US border patrol has adopted a practice as part of its policing activities that clearly violates human rights.
The right to water is also recognized under international law in UN Resolution 64/292, which acknowledges that "the right to safe and clean drinking water … as a human right … is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights." The right to food is recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the ICC includes "… deprivation of access to food and medicine, calculated to bring about the destruction of part of a population …" in the definition of extermination, a crime against humanity. It also identifies "willfully impeding relief supplies as provided for under the Geneva Conventions" as a war crime.
(For the record, George W. Bush's use of "enhanced interrogation methods" was also a war crime prohibited by the Geneva Convention.)
On Friday, a federal court in the state of Arizona sentenced four American women - Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse, and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick - on misdemeanour charges for having left water and food in the desert back in summer 2017.
Trump's border wall project and the debate over funding it has provoked constitute yet another dangerous distraction. The Trump administration has repeatedly demonstrated that it seeks not only to erode human rights in the US, but also to dismantle human rights protections internationally (e.g. Trump's gentle treatment of Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Russia and Turkey. )