I wanted to write an update before my next post.
My intention last week was to return with more information about the border crisis, and that is what it is – a crisis, and then continue writing and sharing.
I was a bit overwhelmed with the horrifying news that children were being taken from their parents and detained. I was horrified that asylum seekers were being lied to, and sent, instead of to legal entry points, to illegal entry points, where they are then arrested, separated from their children, and detained.
Some of these children have been taken to New York and Michigan, not to detainment centers, but to foster care, and in the case of MI, a Betsy DeVos affiliated Christian adoption agency. Many of these children are pre-verbal.
This is beyond horrifying. I can’t find the adequate words for how bad and inhumane, and diabolical this is. This is a catastrophe.
With the executive order signed by President Trump, nothing has changed. Families will not be separated for twenty days, but then are subject to separation and detainment. Parents are being blackmailed into immediate deportation by being promised reunification with their children.
These people are not entitled to lawyers, and many of them do not speak English.
There is so much more to say and to more, and I sadly admit that I couldn’t take it. I couldn’t wade into the research of what’s happening there to explain it to you. I’m still trying to explain it to myself.
There is one group helping who I can reliably recommend: RAICES. Please contact your Congress-people and your Senators, no matter what state you are in, to voice your outrage at this racist and inhumane policy.
You can also go to ireallydocare.com for a list of other organizations helping the kids at the border.
My family decided to take a spontaneous road trip to Destiny USA, and that also contributed to my absence. I’ll tell you more about that in a subsequent post. It gave me a tiny respite of no television, no news, I kept thinking I’d write, but we just went, and it was fun; taking a couple of days away.
But those parents at the border…they don’t get a day off; they don’t get respite.