This Got Me In All the Feels

Thanks to Sophia Bush’s Instagram stories I just watched a video that depicts a young child who was separated from his parents at the border, attending an immigration hearing in Portland without legal representation or really anyone to explain to him what is going on. I would love to embed the video but that is not an option so if you would like to see it, please click here.

Now I’m not a parent, but there is a little boy in my life whom I love very, very much. Like I would happily give this kid a kidney, a lung, a piece of my liver, bone marrow, blood, plasma, anything I was a match to give him I would if he needed it. I adore this precious little boy and it absolutely breaks my heart to think of him being in a courtroom, separated from his mother and everything he knows with strangers speaking a foreign language he doesn’t understand. Imagine having these decisions being made about your life and you have absolutely no right and no say in anything that is happening.

His parents came here legally, seeking asylum and now they’re going to be detained indefinitely while Betsy DeVos makes money on it. Bethany Christian Services is one of the places where children are being sent from detention centers at the border. The unconfirmed figure they’re charging is $700/night/kid. Let that sink in, folks. Don’t tell me this isn’t about money or a get rich quick scheme. The people in charge here are vile, greedy souls and there is absolutely nothing remotely human or Christian about any one of them.

For the record, Bethany Christian Services has denounced this separation policy, citing it as abusive. Of course that’s not stopping them from collecting the outrageous fees they’re charging to house these children.

I don’t understand this. I don’t understand how people have become so uncaring and lack so much empathy. I don’t understand how they can see videos like the one I linked here and think that kid deserves what’s happening. I don’t understand how people can still vote for someone like Donald Trump, and these days, anyone running on the Republican side of things. I don’t understand being so hateful of complete strangers who only want to come here to be productive citizens and build better lives. Considering the vast majority of us are here now because of immigration, I think it would do everyone some good to stop and think about the circumstances under which their ancestors fled wherever they came from. Odds were, it wasn’t because they didn’t like paying taxes to the king of England.

The idea that these people could be detained for the rest of their lives, left in this awful purgatory, simply because they wanted a shot at having a better life is horrific to me.

And I don’t understand.

I don’t understand anyone who claims to be “pro-life” but supports treating people like animals. I don’t understand anyone who claims to be “pro-life” but would deny fellow human beings the opportunity to enjoy the same liberty and freedom as them simply because those people didn’t have the good luck to be born here.

Be better than that, y’all.

The world doesn’t need more hate.

I hope that by this time next year we will see children reunited with their families and that this regime of assholes will either be booted out of office thanks to the elections in November or they’ll be in prison for acts of treason.

Election day is November 6th. It’s not too late to register to vote. Make your voice heard. Show up at the polls. It’s so so important that everyone does their part so that things like this don’t happen. Politics aren’t fun but goddamn, is it important to know what’s happening in the world around you. Because today it might not be you they’re coming after but eventually, if they go unchecked long enough, it will be.

God save America.

We need it.