Does the USA have the right to control its borders and decide who may or may not immigrate? Yes, of course. Every nation does.
Is our immigration system, and especially ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in need of reform? Yes, dire need.
Is it right, is it moral, is it legal, to separate children from their parents and place them in sub-par holding facilities? No. It’s not right. It’s not moral. And to the best of my knowledge, it isn’t legal (or at least it shouldn’t be) no matter what DJT says.
Elizabeth Moon is a retired USMC officer. She swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and she takes that oath seriously. Mrs. Moon is more than a little upset about the way immigrant children, both illegal immigrants and would-be refugees, are being treated by our government’s current administration. She had this to say on Facebook today.
If the notion of children in prison camps on military bases in this country doesn’t make your stomach turn…go away. If you want to make excuses about “Oh, they came illegally” and you think that justifies children in prison camps on military bases in this country…go farther away. If you are so empty of empathy, so arrogant in your certainty that these children “deserve” to be in prison camps on military bases in this country, GET THE HELL OUT OF MY COUNTRY AND GO BACK WHERE YOUR ROTTEN ANCESTORS CAME FROM. I don’t care how long you think your people have been here…you do not deserve the good things this country did, if you think children in prison camps on military bases are a good idea.
Imagine what you’d think if you had ICE at your door and they grabbed *YOUR* child away from you, and put them in one car while they handcuffed you and put you in another. Like that picture? Oh, but you’re sure it would never happen to you? Face facts. If they will imprison someone else’s kids, what besides boot-licking and butt-kissing will keep yours safe? And how MUCH boot-licking and butt-kissing will be demanded? More and more, is the rule of this kind of leader. Do you want your kids to grow up to be boot-licking, butt-kissing, bend-over-young-sailors for this bunch of criminals? Do you really think that makes them safe? Ask the Germans. Ask the Russians. Ask the Chinese. For that matter ask African-Americans, who have sadly learned that no amount of good behavior as defined by white people will keep them safe. Ask Native Americans, here long before any whites. And they’ll tell you the truth. NOTHING will make your white kids safe once you let these bastards put other children in prison camps.
There are no excuses for this. There are no legitimate reasons for this. This does not make America safer. It makes us viler, more criminal, weaker in the world. And if you don’t agree, go back where you came from. Or face the wrath of mothers and grandmothers and fathers and grandfathers who have hearts and souls as well as minds.
Quoted from Elizabeth Moon’s Facebook page, June 13, 2018, with her permission.
I commented on Mrs. Moon’s Facebook page that this was unAmerican, but the sad truth is that this has precedents in American history.
- African and African-American slave children sold away from their parents
- Native American children sent to boarding schools to be “civilized”
- immigrant children being removed from their families in the 19th century
- Nisei concentration camps in WWII
The United Nations has complained about DJT’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, calling it a serious human rights violation.
The practice of separating families amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child. The use of immigration detention and family separation as a deterrent runs counter to human rights standards and principles.
Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman, UN Human Rights Office
#ThisIsNotNormal. #ThisIsNotRight. #ThisIsNotAcceptable.
Please, call or write your representatives in Congress. Call or write the White House. Speak up.
Feature image by Dr. Seuss, copyright 1941.
Photo of Elizabeth Moon taken from her Facebook page.