Before we get started I want to say two things:
- I disabled comments on this entry because I don’t want to argue with people about immigration laws. The system is a mess.
- This is purely meant to be a purge for my many feelings on this issue. I’m going to put the rest of this entry under a cut so if you aren’t interested in reading my opinion on all this, then by all means feel free to skip it. You won’t hurt my feelings, believe me.
By continuing beyond the cut, you’re doing so at your own risk. You’ve been warned.
Please excuse my scatterbrain here. I’ve been trying to organize my thoughts as best I can. When news first broke that there were 1,500 kids missing from the system, I think a lot of people either refused to believe it or just didn’t want to. To my knowledge, those children have yet to be found. The idea that they could have been “lost” to trafficking makes me absolutely sick. Human trafficking is an issue that I don’t think gets nearly enough attention. Odds are, at this point, those children are never going to be recovered.
There are children now in those cages down in Texas who will, most likely, never be reunited with their parents because their parents have already been deported. How horrific to come to a country that is built on the premise that the tired, poor, hungry, disenfranchised, and persecuted are supposed to be welcomed with open arms, only to have their children ripped away from them, never to be seen again. People fleeing cartels, drug dealers, violent street gangs, and just straight up poverty they can’t escape are supposed to be able to come here and seek asylum.
Let me start by saying that just because a person applies for it doesn’t mean it will be granted to them. I am fully aware of this.
Does it make sense to detain people who are not legal citizens of a country? In my mind, yes. Just as it absolutely makes sense to detain children who attempt to cross the border on their own. The Obama policy that people are now trying to claim is what we’re seeing today is not, in fact, what the Trump regime cooked up. The Obama policy was to detain unaccompanied minors who tried to illegally cross the border. The Trump policy was to separate parents and children who also illegally crossed the border. However, that does not include ports designated for asylum seekers, which is what many of the detainees in Texas have done and yet, their children (and every other possession they have on their person) have been taken.
It is not now, nor has it ever been, illegal to seek asylum.
One might speculate these families have been separated to keep them from coming into the country at all. It certainly wouldn’t be the most nefarious thing Trump has ever done.
Now regardless of how people feel about immigration, I have to challenge those who are against it to look into their hearts. I can’t imagine fleeing everything I have ever known with next to nothing to come to a new country that largely speaks a language I don’t and has all these customs I am not aware of. There are rules, red tape, regulations, hearings, forms, and god knows what else these people have to go through.
All they have left is their family. And Trump wants to take that away from them too.
This. Is. Not. A. Partisan. Issue.
This is a human rights issue.
At what point did it become okay to take a seven-month-old baby from the arms of its mother and put it in cage where it’s left to cry and be terrified?
At what point did it become okay for televisions and armed guards to raise these scared children?
At what point did Americans become so heartless that they’re more concerned with who started it than who’s going to put a stop to it?
There is so much misinformation circulating about all of this (FactCheck.org article available here if you want to read unbiased facts). So much finger pointing is going on. Clinton did it in 1996. No Obama did it in 2014. No Trump did it in April.
IT DOESN’T FUCKING MATTER WHO STARTED IT.
IT ENDS NOW.
That should be what every single person in this country is saying.
Does immigration law need revamping? Yes, absolutely.
We need a clear path to citizenship.
If we could get Congress to focus on shit that actually helps people instead of helping their campaign contributors, that would be aces.
I am so sick and fucking tired of the pandering to donors. Guys like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, somewhere along the way, forgot that they work for US. Their job is to represent the so-called “silent majority” and not their corporate masters. Despite all their thoughts and prayers, they’re still some of the greediest, most heartless “people” walking the planet. Thank GOD Paul Ryan isn’t seeking election. This country can’t take another term with that spineless jellyfish.
People want to know why school shootings keep happening. People keep saying we need to care more about each other. Walk up, not out, right?
To those people I ask this: Well why aren’t you walking up to these people who are obviously in need of help? These people who have nothing but their babies, and you’re first thought is, “You should have come here legally.”
To people who think that way, I say fuck you. Shame on you.
If you’re going to go around tossing out bible verses to excuse your bigotry and stance on abortion then you’re going to have to accept the verses that also tell you to love your neighbor.
Leviticus 19:33-34 New International Version (NIV)
33 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
We don’t put people in cages.
We don’t take babies from their mothers.
We don’t put up a wall to keep out those in need.
It’s not American.
It’s not human.
Where did empathy go?
When did it become okay to treat others so badly just for not being born in your country of origin?
When did patriotism and nationalism become interchangeable?
When did ignorance become more important than education?
When did “being right” become more important than being good?
I wish I had answers to any of these questions.
Maybe I’d sleep a little better tonight.
If you want to make a donation to RAICES in the hope of helping some of these 2,000+ children to be reunited with their family, please go here.
For anyone wondering what they can do that isn’t financial, please call your local representatives in regards to SB3036. Let them know that you support keeping families together.
I sincerely hope that these families are reunited and if they are not, I hope these kids are placed in the most amazing, loving homes they could ever be placed in, with parents who love them as if they are their own flesh and blood. No child deserves what these children are going through.
It makes me heartsick to think about it.
As for everyone else, all you warriors out there who never give up the fight against all these slights against humanity… God bless you. Don’t give up. I refuse to believe that Trump and his ilk will win in the end.
We defeated Hitler. We can take down this KFC eating motherfucker too.
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