Letting Them Speak for My Stressed Self

men and women wit kids
Happy family togetherness is pictured here. But families at our southern border seeking asylum are being cruelly separated.

I have literally run out of words to express my outrage over the horrendous actions of the Trump administration, especially Attorney General Sessions, and their zero tolerance at the southern border. So I quickly found other comments online from both Democrats and Republicans who loathe the separation of families who are hoping to find asylum in the United States. Here’s what some folks say:

“I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart. Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history “—former First Lady Laura Bush.

“At minimum, forced separation will cause these children extreme emotional distress. Most of us know this intuitively…Extreme emotional responses to separation from parents is part of evolution’s plan to keep those parents close.”– James A. Coan, psychology professor at the University of Virginia.

“There was a time when my ancestors were forcibly taken from their mothers’ arms and sold on the auction block.” Eugene Robinson, opinion columnist for the Washington Post and MSNBC contributor.

“What the administration has decided to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that if you cross the border with your children, your children are going to be ripped away from you…That’s traumatizing to the children, who are innocent victims, and it is contrary to our values in this country.”—U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine

The president “should be immediately fixing this problem [of child separation]. This is a fuse that has been lit. The president is going to get hurt by this issue if it stays out there very, very long… The President can reverse it, and I hope he does.”–former White House advisor Anthony Scaramucci.

mama duck & 12 tiny ducklings
Even a Mama Duck keeps her ducklings close to her

“In recent days, the President of the United States is literally holding these kids separated from their parents as hostage to try to pass his version of some kind of immigration legislation that’s not related to the need to separate parents from their families.”–Democrat Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.

The administration is “using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build [his] wall. And it’s an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress.” Democrat Representative Adam Schiff of California.

“The first daughter posted a picture of herself [on June 14, 2018]… saying in the caption she was on a date night with her daughter, Arabella. She did so at a time when her father’s administration, of which she is an adviser, has separated thousands of families at the southern border. It’s prompted some to call it tone deaf.”– Ramsey Touchberry Newsweek reporter.

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