Believe me, I think it is heinous what is happening at the Mexican border. That nursing and Down’s syndrome children, or any others, should be ripped away from their parents’ arms is an atrocity. And for a Bible passage (Romans 13: 1-14) to be used for justification of such activities is unconscionable, and incorrectly used as justification. What happened to, accept the huddled masses?
Now we have withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Commission saying Israel is not being treated fairly. What hypocrites! And the fact that we don’t seem to have any alternatives to shredding families apart and causing permanent psychological and perhaps physical harm to the children, and parents, is infinitely sad. I feel nauseous when I hear President Trump or the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Neilsen.
But human rights violations have been going on in our country since its inception. Our “Enlightened” society has been prejudiced against each immigrant group that has come to our shores or were already on them. These past few decades alone have been filled with discrimination: LGBQT, Blacks, Women, Native Americans, Latinos, Puerto Ricans, the list goes on. It behooves us to have a psychological change in our interpretation of social order and justice. Sometimes there doesn’t seem to have enough pure air to breathe. Arians, Bigots, Thoughtless people who may not even know their actions are prejudiced are making me feel claustrophobic. I’m not saying I am without fault, the fault lies within all of us.
But the plight of the people trying to cross our borders is heartbreaking. Yes there are those who come with the intent to do harm and we need to prevent that. But the vast majority are people just like us who have been ostracized, had their lives threatened, or lived amid civil unrest. They deserve succor even if they are not allowed to stay. They don’t deserve to find their illusions of safety shattered, their children taken to be put in cages, in internal Guatanamo Bay for kids. They don’t deserve the massive stress of separation, not knowing where their children are taken, and the trauma of possibly not seeing their kids again.
I don’t know what the solution is – only that what is going on right now has to stop. Restitution needs to be considered. These people are not cattle. They don’t deserve what they have to content with. Their lives matter as much as our own and we would never stand idlely by while our own children were taken, or those we knew already in the nation’s borders.
This is feeling more and more like a police state with an almighty ruler sanctifying adversity and trauma. We need to take action. Day by day our rights are being threatened, the country we took for granted two years ago is being devastatingly ruined. We must act for the children and parents coming to our southern border. It could well be us down the road. Maybe I seem reactionary but I feel helply watching as innocent people are herded into concentration camps. We are doing exactly what we did to the American Japanese in World War II. Didn’t we say, never again when that happened?