One of the problems with “President” Donald Trump’s obsession with shipping off all the evil illegal immigrants is the fact it would tear many families apart. In an attempt to warn others who may consider crossing the border illegally, the Trump administration proposed separating parents from children even if the parents are seeking asylum within the United States.
Currently, it’s not a formal policy; however, it is practiced informally.
In response to this, the ACLU is taking several government entities to court in a class-action suit for this practice.
The ACLU announced:
‘The American Civil Liberties Union filed a national class-action lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s practice of forcibly separating asylum-seeking parents and young children.’
The lawsuit was originally filed in response to the government separating a mother from her seven-year-old child. The family was seeking asylum from their home country. However, the mother and child were separated.
The Associated Press reported:
‘The lawsuit follows action the ACLU took in the case of a Congolese woman and her 7-year-old daughter, who the group said was taken from her mother “screaming and crying” and placed in a Chicago facility. While the woman was released Tuesday from a San Diego detention center, the girl remains in the facility 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) away.’
Let’s review that for a moment. The mother was held in San Diego, California. The daughter was detained in Chicago, Illinois. They were separated by thousands of miles. The government couldn’t even keep them near one another, and now the mother has to wait for the government to reunite them.
There is an ugliness to this that cannot be described. You know who separated families and sent them to different locations? Hitler and the Nazis in Germany. The only things missing in this modern-day case are gas chambers.
This isn’t just one special case either. The suit also notes a woman from Brazil had her 14-year-old son taken away from her while seeking asylum. She was held in Texas and sentenced to 25 days in jail. Her son was shipped off to Chicago.
Additionally, some children have been reportedly taken from their parents without the parents even knowing where their child was sent.
Again, this isn’t a formal policy immigration has set. However, that also means there is no formal policy to forbid such a practice. The deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project commented:
‘Whether or not the Trump administration wants to call this a “policy,” it certainly is engaged in a widespread practice of tearing children away from their parents. A national class-action lawsuit is appropriate because this is a national practice.’
Additionally, the director of migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, Michelle Brane, also noted this is a horrific experience for families who have already experienced horrific violence in their own countries.
‘A lot of these kids are already afraid because they’re fleeing something and they know they’re fleeing something. And to have them pulled away, that can be devastating for a parent.’
The government is knowingly applying psychological trauma to families who just want to live somewhere safe. We were once a haven for those seeking asylum; however, that’s no longer the truth. We are no longer the country that offers a dream life for families to grow and prosper, and the Trump administration should be ashamed they’ve tarnished America with that stain.
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