Whether you are appalled at the recent policy of separating illegal immigrant children from their parents like I am or you think they are getting what they deserve, it is something that is wrong and shouldn’t be done.
Breaking up families in any way or separating kids from parents they need is wrong no matter who the family is or if they are legal citizens or not. At least it is to me. I cannot speak for anyone else but I am heartbroken that this is happening. I am heartbroken for the parents separated from their kids and more so for the kids who are apart from their parents.
When I woke up this morning, I had the following thought, “Is a refugee or illegal immigrant child of less value or importance than my son?” I say a resounding and loud NOooooooo! So why are they being treated like they are?
It is something that I am surprised that we aren’t more livid and outraged about. It is something that is breaking up families and doing harm to young minds and souls. It is something that needs to stop.
I have heard some people say that this is supposed to a deterrent and that these families know this is the policy. But what if they don’t? What if they are just being told the kids are being taken to the bathroom and then not being returned to them? Does that change how we feel about the situation?
No matter who the family is, it is hard when kids are ripped from their parents’ arms. And, condoning it and saying it is our new policy is just mind-boggling to me. I honestly am trying to understand the thinking, but as a mother, I can’t. My mind and heart first go to the child. And in this case, that is thousands of kids who are now in a foreign land without the very people who they need the most.
There are a lot of people who are speaking out against this policy — all five first ladies, the Rev. Franklin Graham, a Catholic cardinal, Senator John McCain, Senator Ted Cruz, the Methodist Church, attorneys, pediatricians, the United Nations, Senator Mazie Hirono, and many others.
My hope and prayer is that something will be done very soon so these kids don’t have to suffer for too long. Immigration laws may need to be improved, but does it have to be at the expense of families? Of children?
Let’s contact our senators, congressmen and women and other elected officials to have our voices be heard. Let’s also vote in the upcoming elections. Let’s be part of the change that we seem to need.
Let’s remember the precious lives who are being harmed and don’t have to be. Let’s be the compassionate and safe refuge that our country has been known for. Let’s please do better and make America kind, compassion, and loving again.
Children are some of the best teachers that we have. In closing, I want to leave you with this thought from Mary Hollingsworth’s “On Raising Children”:
“…Children teach the world to love. They teach us to look past a person’s skin color right to his or her heart. They teach us how to be honest, open, and innocent. And they teach us how to hug and laugh and be enthusiastic.
“Children make us keep our promises because they never forget one that we make. They even make us into scientists and professors by asking ‘why?’ about everything that moves and many things that don’t.
“Isn’t it interesting that while we are teaching our children to be adults, they are teaching us to be children? That’s especially important when we remember what Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.'”