Have you ever wondered how the citizens of Nazi Germany allowed the concentration camps to happen? Did you ask yourself, “How could they have just continued with their daily lives while knowing this was going on?” The separation of immigrant children from their parents is, in my eyes, no less a horror and violation. A recent article stated that this treatment meets the definition of genocide. The places where they are held are concentration camps. Children are drugged to make them stop crying, sometimes lacking access to showers or decent food, and not even allowed to hug a sibling.
The parents also suffer greatly, with no way of knowing where their children are. Such trauma can take years of therapy to heal, if healing is even possible. In some cases, no records were kept to reunify the families or parents were deported while the children remain incarcerated here. They are innocent of any crime; they believed that their desperate lives could be improved by crossing the border. Often the intolerable conditions they fled were caused by U.S. policies that cripple their economies.
We’re told that without these tough measures, we’ll be swamped with people taking our jobs, along with images of Latinos as criminals. Nothing is further from the truth. Most work extremely hard jobs at terribly low wages, sacrifice for their families and abide by the law.
Kudos to the “Grannies Respond” movement, launched from New York and caravanning through Kentucky, Alabama and Louisiana to protest at a children’s detention center on the Texas border!
In Western North Carolina, an April ICE raid placed 27 people in a detention center in Georgia, five hours away from their families. We must not let the ICE in the hearts of the ruling elite spread into our own hearts. I’m praying that the ICE in those hearts will melt and that all those in power will rediscover a compassionate, warm heart and the blessing which sharing with our neighbors brings.
— Cathy Holt