Humane — I do not think that word means what he thinks it means

The GOP’s embrace of self-deportation (a la AZ SB 1070) is official. From the 2012 Republican Platform:

We will create humane procedures to encourage illegal aliens to return home voluntarily, while enforcing the law against those who overstay their visas.

Shrouded in the language of humanity and choice is an insidious plot. For this approach to work, it is necessary to create and present a version of America sufficiently bad that people think it is better to return to

  • watch their children starve to death in abject poverty (or, if their children are lucky enough to have been born in the U.S., leave them in foster care).
  • suffer under unchecked, unaccountable labor abuse.
  • live with persistent, imminent threat of violence.

Among many other things, likely.

Where in Hell did someone get the idea that this is “humane”, for any valid and recognized sense of the word?