Courtesy of WaPo:
I live in a border state. 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. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; interned Japanese have been two times as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.
Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We pride ourselves on acceptance. If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents — and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.
People on all sides agree that our immigration system isn’t working, but the injustice of zero tolerance is not the answer. I moved away from Washington almost a decade ago, but I know there are good people at all levels of government who can do better to fix this.
I thought Laura Bush’s comparison to Japanese internment camps was apt, though it is starting to seem more like Nazi concentration camps.
Yesterday also saw Melania Trump making a statement condemning this practice as well.
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) June 17, 2018
I think that this is going to put a lot of extra pressure on the Trump Administration to come up with a better, more humane solution.
Laura Bush is a darling of the conservatives and even liberals who hated her husband still liked his First Lady.
I thought that Melania’s statement was a little weak, but the fact that she made one at all is significant.
This policy of taking children from their parents is incredibly cruel, and even Trump supporters are not going to be able to defend it for long.