Thousands of kids have been separated from their parents and have been placed in a tent city in Texas. Many of these children are as young as 3 years old.
The Trump administration has ordered the Department of Homeland Security’s ICE to raid homes all over the country and take away anyone who does not have proper documentation of American citizenship.
This executive order of “Zero Tolerance” has been under criticism for various reasons. Mr. Trump became President under the nomination of the Republican Party.
The Republican Party, also known as the GOP (Grand Ol’ Party), has always claimed to be the party that values traditions and always put families first.
However, what Mr. Trump is doing right now is the exact opposite of these values that the Republican party claims to uphold. Another criticism is that when detaining these families, ICE separates parents from their kids and from what it seems like so far, ICE or any federal agency is not doing anything to reunite these children with their parents.
Adding on to that, many people have stated that this will not solve the problem of gang violence in the United States and will not prevent illegal drugs from coming across the border.
How does separating immigrant families with children prevent violence? It has become evident that immigrant families come to the United States to improve their lives and provide a safe and sustainable life for their children.
No one would ever willingly leave their home country unless their lives were in danger. These families came to the United States seeking asylum, as internationally recognized resolutions have permitted them to do so.
The truth behind these families living in the United States without proper documentation is that they came to the United States with the hope that they would be safe from the violence they have been facing in their home countries. For many of them, returning to their country of origin is equivalent to a death sentence.
These families have escaped persecution from violent drug cartels, gangs, and authoritarian governments. Forcing them to go back would be cruel and unjust.
There have been reports that many of the children being detained in the tent city have been experiencing trauma and other symptoms of severe anxiety and depression. They are young children who need their parents, but because of Mr. Trump’s executive order, these poor children have to suffer all alone in cages, while being scared by ICE agents.
Many have compared pictures of the tent city in Texas, to pictures taken of the concentration camps during the 1930’s when the Nazi regime was controlling Germany. They have also compared pictures of the items collected from the detained individuals in the United States to the shoes that once belonged to Jews and many others who were killed by the Nazi regime.
We can get mad at the Department of Homeland Security for carrying out the Executive Order, but that will not help anyone. The Trump Administration is to blame for the suffering of thousands of children.
The Trump Administration has not just created an environment of fear but an environment of hatred. Unfortunately, there are some people who actually support this act and many of them claim to be pro-life in the abortion issue. They want to force women to give birth to a child but do not care for children who are already living. It is contradictory to claim oneself as pro-life, but be in support of an act that completely disregards the rights of a human life.
There is a way to stop the Trump Administration from committing such heinous acts and that way is the United States Congress. It is the sole responsibility of Congress to listen to the people of the United States and vote on bills in the way that the people want them to vote.
Contact them by calling their Congressional Offices in DC and their state/district offices.
Write letters to the Members of Congress and urge them to stop any act that disrespects human rights.
You can find your Representative in the House of representatives at (findyourrep.gov). You can input your zip code and the name and contact information of your Representative will appear.
Every state has 2 Senators, so that means that you have 2 Senators representing your interest in DC. You can contact them at (senator).
You can also attend town hall meetings and make your voice be heard while standing in front of elected officials. Sometimes we forget that they are here to do what we tell them to do.
Do not hesitate to reach out to them and exercise your right to speak your mind. You have the power to stop this injustice and help thousands of people reunite with their families.