Many of the people coming to America want to ask for asylum, asylum from brutal governments and gang violence in their own countries. But the immigration bureaucracy is making it impossible for them to do so. Instead they are being arrested, and many families were separated. The forced separations appear to have been stopped, but at least 2,300 children—some of them still in diapers —have been removed from their parents since May and the U.S. government has no database on the whereabouts of the parents and children.
This is politics at its ugliest.
Has the government thought about what happens to the children when they cannot locate the now deported parents? Who feeds and educates them? Will they eventually deport infants—and to where and to whom? What will be the psychological damage that will last a lifetime? Where are the girls and boys? Are they safe from sexual predators and people who could sell them into sex trafficking? How do we know?
Call Sen. Chuck Schumer, (202) 224-6542; Sen. Kamala Harris, (202) 224-3553; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (202) 224-3841; and U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal, (202) 225-3601. Ask them to: 1. Immediately work with their GOP counterparts to put into place a way to locate and reconnect families who have already been separated. 2. Work together to enact meaningful immigration reform.
As it says in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
America is better than this! We cannot stand by and say nothing.