Traumatizing children and families “needs to be stopped immediately”

“Nazis separated me from my parents as a child. I know from experience that the Trump-sanctioned brutality at the US border with Mexico will scar its child victims. The trauma lasts a lifetime. ” Yoka Verdoner (The Guardian)

Make the Road to New Jersey sponsored a rally yesterday, on Fathers’ Day, at the Elizabeth Immigration Detention Center, saying, “The Trump administration is tearing apart families, taking children from their parents, and now even separating siblings at the border. “ Nearly 500 people showed up for the rally. 

Among the New Jersey congress members who went  inside the facility were Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-Paterson, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-Long Branch and Rep. Albio Sires D-West New York. They met with five men in the facility who had been separated from their children at the southwest border. Some of the men became emotional when they spoke of their children being taken from them. Some said they don’t know where the youngsters are being kept.  

After the meeting Rep. Albio Sires (D) stated, “What I saw in there is inhumane. I see the politics of this administration and it turns my stomach, because I know what this country stands for. And that’s not what we are in America.”

Phil Murphy in his first national interview as Governor, on Meet the Press, talked about his progressive plans for immigration – including driver licenses, statewide ID cards and  establishing an Immigration Defensive Protection office that would be a single point of contact. In his 2019 budget he has included $2.1 Million for legal aid. In his platform he stated, “Immigrants and and Dreamers represent our best hopes and aspirations. They are a vital part of our state and our future. I will protect them.”   However, there appears to be no press report on any comment from him regarding this injustice and cruelty being perpetrated by the Trump administration. He must speak out on this crisis.

Dyana Mason, assistant professor at University of Oregon writes, “Regardless of what President Donald Trump has insisted, this is a new interpretation of federal immigration law. Nationally some 11,000 immigrant children were in federal custody as of late May. Many of these children are under the age of 4. They are relocated to approximately 100 federally funded shelters. When I researched this largely hidden aspect of immigration policy, I found little evidence that this patchwork system can absorb what promises to be an influx of thousands more children, many requiring round-the-clock attention.”

Sunday afternoon, steps from the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, activist Jess Morales Rocketto shouted to the crowd, “I want to make sure the children can hear us.” In unison, the crowd  chanted “Niños, no estan solos, children you are not alone. Free our children now.” (See photo below)  

Yoka Verdoner in The Guardian, ended his article saying, “What is happening in our own backyard today is as evil and criminal as what happened to me and my siblings as children in Nazi Europe. It needs to be stopped immediately.’

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