Let­ters to the ED­I­TOR

The Signal - - OPINION -

Cruel coun­try

Once a com­pas­sion­ate na­tion, Amer­ica has be­come an in­hu­mane and cruel coun­try.

Sep­a­rat­ing chil­dren from their par­ents at the border who are seek­ing asy­lum is one of the most trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences a child can en­dure, not men­tion­ing the tor­ture that the par­ents have to go through.

Un­der fed­eral law, which adopts the United Na­tions def­i­ni­tion, tor­ture is: “any act by which se­vere pain or suf­fer­ing, whether phys­i­cal or men­tal, is in­ten­tion­ally in­flicted on a per­son for such pur­poses as...pun­ish­ing him or her for an act he or she or a third per­son... has com­mit­ted or is sus­pected of hav­ing sus­pected of hav­ing com­mit­ted.” And though in the­ory any ac­tion in­flict­ing such suf­fer­ing is banned, that is what is in­flicted by sep­a­rat­ing par­ents and chil­dren in border de­ten­tion.

There is a like­li­hood that these chil­dren that are taken from their par­ents at the border and placed in de­ten­tion will end up with phys­i­cal and men­tal prob­lems. How can we as Amer­i­cans al­low this to hap­pen? Have we lost all re­spect for chil­dren’s lives be­ing Amer­i­can or not ?

To con­done this hor­rific and bar­baric ac­tion of sep­a­rat­ing chil­dren from their par­ents who are seek­ing asy­lum is ap­palling and de­spi­ca­ble.

I thought we Amer­i­cans have a re­spon­si­bly to take care of chil­dren of all races and re­li­gions. Lois Eisen­berg


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