President Donald Trump’s administration seems to have boasted that in a six-week period beginning April 19 it had separated almost 2000 children from their parents or caretakers accused of crossing unlawfully into the United States.
The separations are part of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for illegal border crossing.
Now, if this is not a brutal immigration policy, I do not know what is.
I am not saying here that the issue of illegal immigrants to the U.S. has started only during Trump’s administration. It has been there all these times, but the solution that has become Trump’s unilateral decision is so heartless that every time images/videos of children being separated, or cries/audios being heard of children calling their father or mother, it becomes automatically a symbol of the American president’s vile and cold blooded treatment of immigrants.
For how else would you describe a person and a leader of the greatest nation on earth if he allows kids to be dehumanized and considered criminals?
America has always been known to be the bulwark of freedom, of democracy, of equality and justice especially to those seeking asylum due to political instability and violence in their country of origin.
But not anymore. Not in Trump’s America.
Does one has still to wonder why Trump covets the prominence of Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping?
Mind you, Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy has come under fire from politicians, immigration advocates and human rights groups.
Even wives of former U.S. presidents, like Laura Bush, described the policy as cruel and immoral and that it beaks her heart, explaining that protecting boundaries is one thing but forcefully separating children from their parents is another thing.
To top it all Trump’s wife, Melania, expressed also her concern, saying, she “hates to see children separated from their families”.
Hopefully this inhumane policy of her husband will spur her to put some sensibility into his head.
She should if she has not forgotten where she comes from.