I don’t normally talk about politics and legislation here. I like to consider this a “clean” space. But today, I am broken.
This issue breaks me.
Separating children from their parents is not the answer, nor is it right. In fact, it’s so far past wrong, there’s no word for the moral ineptitude that is this situation.
Who are we? What have we become? The identity of this country and its citizens is under attack. It’s been changing for a while now. Can you feel it? The tension quietly layering our skin like tar? It’s the actions we take today, this moment, that will inevitably answer this question: Who do we WANT to be?
I don’t care about political parties and games. I don’t care which way your pendulum swings. I care about the innocent children and their lives being destroyed in the name of Policy.
This is a MORAL issue, and our administration got this wrong wrong wrong.
I’m spreading the word and looking for MY Senators names on actions AGAINST this. I’m praying for the children and the parents alike. As much as these children don’t deserve to be taken from their parents, these parents should not have to go through the torture of having their children taken from them.
Because that’s what this is–unmitigated, undeserved torture.
And what will this gain?… I take this question back. Even if it profited something as keenly sought after as world peace, this cost is too great.
Reposted from Melanie Tanner Parish:
“There are around 2,000 kids going to sleep tonight in repurposed warehouses, shelters, and now *tent camps in Texas summer weather* because the Trump administration decided to punish their parents and their children for 1) a misdemeanor – illegal border crossings, 2) seeking asylum, which is NOT ILLEGAL. Plans for reunification are disorganized at best, and parents have been and are being deported without their children.
“The Trump administration has been rightly criticized from both the right and left and various professional and religious organizations, etc. They’re holding firm. They really think they’re on the right side of history on this one.
“I don’t much care about what your stance on immigration is, THIS is morally wrong. There’s an 8 month old staying in an old Wal-Mart and no one can tell us if someone is coming to him at night when he cries. He skypes with his parents once or twice a week. He was taken from his father when he was four months old.
“Or consider the 2 year old who was sobbing uncontrollably in another facility in Texas. Workers are not allowed to hold her. I have a two year old. This would crush his soul, as it would any child’s.
“And if you’ve ever met my seven year old, try to imagine how she would do in this situation. Answer: NOT WELL. No kid would do well. Even teenagers would understandably struggle.
“This is child abuse. These children do not deserve this. The parents don’t deserve this. This trauma is going to follow them for the rest of their lives.
“There but for the grace of God, go I. You and I sleep in our warm beds, in our safe houses, in our relatively safe communities, not having to worry about fleeing violence and oppression and remember – that is 100% luck and circumstance.
If you want to do something:
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