Republicans should be outraged at the way children are being treated on our southern border. Every Republican senator and representative, including U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, should be bombarding President Donald Trump and his administration to end such cruel and inhumane practices toward migrant children.
Not only are our Republican representatives to be held accountable but each of us are responsible for allowing our government to carry out these practices. What are we doing to stop such deplorable practices? Our silence is telling. It shows our indifference to humanity. If our children are safe and cared for, we don’t really care about anyone else, certainly, not some poor child who’s not white and not part of our community.
It’s very easy for Trump to twist facts as many Americans don’t know asylum procedures. Trump uses our lack of specific knowledge to misinform us with false generalizations. With misinformation — such as many of the immigrants are criminals, drug dealers, crossing illegally — Trump justifies inhumane conditions. We accept this because it gives us a way out of any responsibility. It’s a lot easier to simply believe these people are seeking a free ticket to the United States.
Fox News is consistently blaming someone — anyone other than Trump — for this horrendous situation. No way should blame be placed on anyone but Trump and his administration. Trump refuses to add judges to hear asylum cases, to add case workers and social workers, and to reopen ports of entry that he closed. These manipulations make it difficult for immigrants to be expeditiously processed. Trump willfully wants the asylum process torturous so immigrants won’t seek asylum. Children suffering is part of his plan.
Republicans held the majority in Congress for two years. They promised to formulate a new immigration policy. They did nothing. By not overriding Trump’s national emergency for a border wall, congressional appropriations for border security and humanitarian purposes became confiscated, resulting in inhumane treatment of children and families.
We can disagree about many issues, but we should all agree that no child should be physically and mentally abused.
Our individual and collective morality is being tested, and so far we have shown ourselves to be indifferent. If we aren’t, then call, email, tweet, write to our president, to Stefanik, to the Republican Senate. Take action to change these abhorrent policies. Our moral conscience and human decency demand it.