The Washington Post

Shame­ful treat­ment of chil­dren

- Society · Parenting · Immigration · Family · Donald Trump

Re­gard­ing the June 6 front-page ar­ti­cle “Pro­grams for child mi­grants halted”:

Chil­dren alone in a for­eign coun­try should be taken care of re­gard­less of their le­gal sta­tus. If we are not the coun­try that is to take the “tired, [the] poor, [the] hud­dled masses yearn­ing to breathe free,” then who is? What has hap­pened to our iden­tity that has al­lowed us to for­get our im­mi­grant an­ces­tors — many of whom fled vi­o­lence just as th­ese chil­dren do now? English, Scots, French, Ir­ish and Ger­mans came here and built our coun­try upon the right­ful land of Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

Th­ese chil­dren are flee­ing vi­o­lence, as did the Jewish refugees whom we turned away aboard the M.S. St. Louis dur­ing the Holo­caust, many of whom were later killed as a re­sult. We have been given a golden op­por­tu­nity to re­deem our­selves for such fail­ures, and yet we de­scend fur­ther into the bla­tant mis­treat­ment of chil­dren who are vic­tims of cir­cum­stance.

This does not prove that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is fis­cally re­spon­si­ble, nor does it prove that it is tough on crime. It proves only that it lacks em­pa­thy and a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of our shared hu­man­ity. This is the great­est na­tional shame of our time, among many, which will be writ­ten about for years to come.

I am yet again ashamed of my gov­ern­ment and my coun­try.

Martin McGuigan, Fred­er­ick

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