It is not old news. 572 migrant children still remain separated from their parents in detention centers across the United States, often separated by thousands of miles. In many cases, the parents have been deported to their country, leaving the children behind in the U.S., in detention centers with little food, water, or the comforts they deserve.
Like many Americans, I find this unacceptable. I cannot help but think of the Kinder trains fleeing Eastern Europe in World War II. Jewish parents who could not travel as an entire family and therefore sacrificed themselves and sent their children on trains to safety. The situation at the border is not that different, except these parents accompanied their children on caravans — or walked — to what they believed would be a safe haven for their children. And unexpectedly, perhaps, they have sacrificed themselves to send their children to safety.
These families had survived in their home country war, gang violence, death threats, and endemic corruption, and now the cruel and inhuman separation of parents and children. One can only hope the children have other relatives in this country who will be able to care for them, and not just be relegated to the foster care system. Hopefully, one day they will be reunited with their families.
At the moment, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is leading the court fight to unite the remaining 572 children with their families. As a result of the ACLU’s advocacy, a federal court has set several deadlines for the families to be reunited.
The first deadline was not adhered to by the Administration, nor were subsequent deadlines. Eventually, the White House argued it is the responsibility of the ACLU to reunite the families. The litigation is ongoing.
Facing this outrageous, sustained onslaught by the Administration, we have to make our voices heard. It is time, again, to call our representatives’ offices along with email and letters and demand just action.