Someone dear to me recently posted this and I’m at a loss.
I have been stewing on this for days now. Trying to come up with a response that is informational and non-confrontational. I’m not taking it to FB because there is no point. So I am posting here. In my space.
This is a complete false equivalency. Full stop. It’s not the same in any way.
Is it sad when military families are separated? Absolutely. I wish there wasn’t a need for that. When military families are separated the children are generally in their homes, with another parent, with family members, resuming as normal of a life as they can with the void of a missing parent.
This is a completely different situation. These are people who are trying to follow the law for the most part. They are entering the country and turning themselves in – requesting asylum. That is legal. They are being separated from their children, they are finding out that they may not be reunited with their children. They don’t know where their children are. The children have no idea where their parents are. How can someone not see that these situations are in no way the same?
Imagine being told that a gang is going to make your son or daughter theirs. What are you going to do? You’re going to flee. You’re going to go to somewhere that is a beacon for being safe. Even if that means leaving the only place you know.
Even if someone doesn’t agree with not following the “proper procedure” and the long arduous process, you cannot convince me that anyone who thinks it’s through thinks that it is okay to take a child from their parents, put them in a building, and potentially never reunite them.
This, this “policy” is a Trump/Sessions policy. I wish people would stop trying to put separation of families on the Obama administration. Just because Trump lies doesn’t make it true. I honestly do not know of many people conservative, liberal, in between, whatever who are not absolutely horrified by this. This is a humanitarian crisis and should be treated as such. This turn around? It’s better than ripping families apart, but it’s still unbelievable to me.
To blame parents is abhorrent. The blame for this falls at the feet of an administration bumbling through everything because they are unknowledgeable, intentionally divisive, unwilling to listen, and appear to be going for shock value to impress people who are so far out of the realm of basic decency I can’t even understand it.
This is an atrocity and he shames our nation.