Separation Is Everyone’s Problem

Separating children from their parents is a bad idea. Period. Generally speaking, we all have parents. Can you imagine the trauma of being separated from them at a very early age? The impact on a child’s entire body from stress induced trauma, like parental separation, is a very real thing. 

 

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I know better than to discuss politics, religion, or nutrition with people. Alas, this is the internet and we can say pretty much whatever we want, right? I like politics. But, I don’t like when politicians use their power to manipulate populations in order to get what they want. It’s just wrong.

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I like to play devil’s advocate and discuss social trends and how en masse decisions can potentially have a ripple effect on society as a whole. There are some pretty crazy things taking place in the world now. It doesn’t matter what link you click. It’s impossible to escape the craziness. I also think it’s impossible to go against progression. I feel every story has a villain. I also feel every story has a hero.

Currently in the U.S., families are migrating from parts of Mexico, Central and South America to seek refuge. Their own places of origin have become unsafe, impoverished and/or war-torn. What happens to individuals crossing over? A Wal-Mart store outside the border becomes an internment camp and young children are separated from their parents.

It’s good to know Wal-Mart corporation has a moral conscience and allows its vacant space to be utilized so wisely (insert Sarcasm here). You’d think operations would be thinking of ways to combat their consumer losses from Amazon

Separating families who are trying to escape crisis countries, inhumane environments, or war-torn land makes no sense from a socioeconomic perspective. Let’s just talk about the personnel it takes to actually separate families upon entry. Then how about the food, clothing, shelter, medicine, and electricity provided as the children wait for the adults to be ‘prosecuted’. Then think about the costs to send the families back to the places they are trying to escape. Or, even better…the costs to send the parents to jail. They tax the penal system, while their children become part of the U.S. foster care system, and tax social services. 

The ripple effect of this political earthquake is pretty fascinating. It doesn’t just stop once the people are prosecuted. One has to wonder, wouldn’t it be better to let the 2,000 children and their parents migrate into the U.S. system to work and pay taxes as opposed to putting migrants into an already taxed system

Regardless of personal stance, ‘‘protecting the boarders” doesn’t mean separating babies from their mothers. It doesn’t matter if crossing over is legal or illegal. Kids need their mothers. My family immigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island from both Poland and Italy in the early decades of the 19th Century. I know the ride was bumpy, but they weren’t separated from their children when they arrived. America was tough, but my ancestors lived the dream. They made lives for themselves and paid their dues to ultimately give me a better life. 

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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore,” 

“Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

A two-year old was no more a threat to the border than the rocks they climbed to get across the border. I get the dangers of lackadaisical borders. I know there are drugs, cartels and crazy terrorist threats. I am married to a Marine Corps Veteran and we talk about this stuff all the time. The issue here is one of humanity, or lack thereof.

Americans have generally been laissez-faire about things like refugee crisis, and special populations seeking asylum. It’s this don’t-ask-don’t-tell and if-it’s-not-in-my-backyard-I-don’t-care sort of mentality. The thing is now it is happening in our backyards. No matter how one feels about this gross political game of using people’s lives as pawns. It is kind-of tough to ignore now, right?

Here is why this whole separation and detainment thing is really bad. Where does it stop? I mean pizza delivers and teachers who have been U.S. residents for decades are being deported. They’re not drug dealers…or, whatever else the current person in office has mislabeled entire cultures. 

It’s policy. Okay, yes laws are good. 

It’s illegal to cross borders without the due process. Okay, got it. Check. 

Yes, crossing the U.S. border is illegal. So is frowning at a police officer in New Jersey! There are many policies and odd laws that are outdated and should be removed because they’re not applicable to today.  When I hear things like “my hands are tied” or “it’s policy” my blood starts to boil. I am sure everything in U.S. government has a waiver or a loophole

One administration says one thing, and then another gets voted in and says another. American administrative policies are difficult enough to keep up with as a resident. Can you imagine risking everything just to see if the stories about the land’s open arm acceptance policies still rang true from 2014? Then to be denied, separated, and detained in a Wal-Mart from your family once crossed over. 

I hate to tell everyone on the Hill. This Country has served migrant populations for over 200 years (pssssst…as well as their migrant ancestors, GASP!). Also, my great grandparents arrived in America and built the infrastructure. The current migrant population is doing the same for all of the knowledge-based college grads because they don’t do skilled manual labor. 

How do I know this? I live in one of the fastest growing mid-level cities, and I see it every day. 

-Andy

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