Do you remember when you were … oh, say four or five years old? Before you started going to school … a time when your parents were your main contact and the people you looked to for safety, for security? Now, try to imagine when you were that age, if your parents had taken you from the home you always knew, travelled a long distance, sometimes in buses, other times strangers’ vehicles, and often on foot. And now, close your eyes and visualize that late one of those nights, as you are being carried by your mother, for you were just too tired to walk another step, and all of a sudden … BRIGHT LIGHTS, LOUD CRUEL VOICES, CRYING, SCREAMING … and suddenly you are grabbed roughly by a strange man wearing, of all things, a GUN, and you look around, but you cannot see your mother, though you can hear her voice sobbing, “Mi hijo … mi niño … “.
Now multiply that scenario times hundreds every week. That’s right, folks … hundreds of children per week are being taken from their parents and housed in immigrant detention centers where they know nobody and most do not even speak English, so are unable to communicate their feelings, their needs. How are these children being housed, clothed, fed … treated? We do not know.
Earlier this month, Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon attempted to answer those questions, to see for himself how the children were, if they were being properly cared for. But guess what? Senator Merkley was denied entrance to the Casa Padre detention facility in Brownsville, Texas. The supervisor of the facility, in fact, contacted the local police to escort Senator Merkley off the premises. The windows to the facility had been blackened, so he could not even get a glimpse inside.The reason for these abominable separations is Trump’s new “Zero tolerance” policy that bans all undocumented immigrants, sending the children to detention centers and the parents to jail. Trump has attempted to blame democrats …
“Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there parents once they cross the Border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS.”
But the reality is that the policy that results in children being separated from their parents at the border was implemented by the Trump administration, and could be ended at any time at Trump’s direction. Just another of Trump’s lies, but at what cost?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions found a rather unique way to justify the atrocity …
“Noncitizens who cross our borders unlawfully, between our ports of entry, with children are not an exception. They are the ones who broke the law, they are the ones who endangered their own children on their trek. The United States, on the other hand, goes to extraordinary lengths to protect them while the parents go through a short detention period. Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”
And the illustrious, personable Sarah Huckabee Sanders concurred. Jim Acosta from CNN asked Sanders to explain Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ comments earlier in the day about how the White House’s family separation policy is consistent with the teachings of the Bible.
Acosta: Can I just ask a second question, completely unrelated, on these children who are being separated from their families as they come across the border? The Attorney General, earlier today, said that somehow there’s a justification for this in the Bible. Where does it say in the Bible that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?
Sanders: I’m not aware of the Attorney General’s comments or what he would be referencing. I can’t —
Acosta: Is it a moral policy, in your view?
Sanders: I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is, actually, repeated a number of times throughout the Bible. However, this —
Acosta: But where in the Bible does it say —
Sanders: Hold on, Jim. If you’ll let me finish.
Acosta: — it’s okay to take children away from their parents?
Sanders: Again, I’m not going to comment on the Attorney’s specific comments that I havent seen.
Acosta: You just said it’s in the Bible to follow the law.
Sanders: That’s not what I said. And I know it’s hard for you to understand even short sentences, I guess, but please don’t take my words out of context. But the separation of —
Acosta: That’s a cheap shot, Sarah. That’s a cheap shot, Sarah.
Sanders: — illegal alien families is the product of the same legal loopholes that Democrats refuse to close. And these laws are the same that have been on the books for over a decade. And the President is simply enforcing them.
Acosta: But how is it moral? How is it a moral policy to take children away from their parents? Can you imagine —
Sanders: It’s a moral policy to follow and enforce the law.
Acosta: — the horror that these children must be going through when they come across the border?
Acosta: They’re with their parents, and then suddenly they’re pulled away from their parents. Why is the government doing this?
Sanders: Because it’s the law. And that’s what the law states.
Acosta: It’s not. It doesn’t have to be the law. You guys don’t have to do that. It’s your policy.
Sanders: You’re right, it doesn’t have to be the law. And the President has actually called on Democrats in Congress to fix those loopholes. The Democrats have failed to come to the table, failed to help this President close these loopholes and fix this problem. We don’t want this to be a problem. The President has tried to address it on a number of occasions. We’ve laid out a proposal. And Democrats simply refuse to do their job and fix the problem.
Which brings us to my next point. Ms. Sanders lied. Donald Trump lied when he claimed that the democrats “can’t get their act together” to change border security policy. In fact, all but 3 House Democrats have signed a discharge petition that would bypass the House’s Republican leadership and force a vote on immigration reform legislation, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that Trump ended last fall. In addition, 23 republicans have joined them and now only 5 more votes are needed to sidestep leadership and allow floor votes on a few different immigration plans.
The problem? Trump is adamant that he will approve nothing that doesn’t include at least $20 billion for his damn border wall.
The United Nations has urged the U.S. to “immediately halt this practice”, however there is little else they can do, for the United States is the only country in the world not to have ratified the UN convention on the rights of the child.
This nation that used to be known for offering safe asylum to those in need has now cast aside all humanitarianism. Frankly, I do not know why anybody would even want to come here. Not long ago, I heard Trump say that we can be proud of our country again. No, Donnie-boy … I have never been less proud in my life.