The president has implemented a policy of zero tolerance for immigration. This means separating the children from parents. Why is he doing this? In my opinion the president is using the children as pawns to get money for his wall on the southern border. Really!
These families are walking hundreds of miles and/ or days with few clothes, little money and leave behind their life to get to the border of the United States to ask for asylum. They are fleeing poverty, crime, drugs and death only to be told “no” because there is no room, or being blocked from stepping on U.S. soil.
We are all immigrants. At some time your family decided to come to the United States. What if your ancestors were blocked and/ or denied entry. Where would you be?
Put yourself in these immigrants’ shoes. I am a mother of six children. If I thought my children were being recruited for drug gangs, my daughters were being raped or receiving death threats, I would move heaven and earth to get them to safety. This is what is happening to most of these families.
Instead, when they ask for asylum, the parents and children are separated. The parent(s) is charged with a crime. The children are taken away crying, screaming, further frightened — and apparently the children are unable to be touched by those caring for them while confined.
There is even the possibility these children may never see their parents again. They are put in internment camps (jail) just like during WWII with the Japanese camps in the U.S., Hitler in Germany, and Mussolini in Italy. Is this what we have become?
First, the president had a Muslim ban, now it is Mexico and south. I see a pattern; it is called brown skin. If we don’t speak up now, what policy will the president enforce next? Are you next?
Whatever happened to compassion, heart and love thy neighbor as you would love yourself? I keep hearing “We are better than this.” Maybe not!
Editors Note: this originally appeared in the June 28th edition of the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted on Blue Louisa with the author’s permission.