I don’t know how else you can think of what is going on than to wonder at America’s war on children. The iconic photograph at the left tells of the policy the United States government has toward the least among us.
What is the worst thing about it is that the leaders of the nation profess to be Christians yet Jesus said holding a child: “If a person accepts children like these in my name, then that person is also accepting me. . . . “ He also said: “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
Christians are supposed to care for children and see that no harm comes to them. That, though, is not just Christians. It is members of every religion and race. How we raise our children will determine what type of nation we will become. The years of poor education in some areas of the country produce a poor uniformed citizenry as I indicated yesterday.
We recently saw the most horrible of happenings which was the separation of parents from their children. We saw the parents were put in one place and the children another. Unless for some reason you think these parents and children do not have the same feelings as you do because they are a different color or nationality, what we have seen should send shivers down your spine if you are not totally heartless.
Attorney General Sessions now says, “The American people don’t like the idea that we are separating families. We never really intended to do that.” Just a bit ago he quoted the Bible to justify the separation. Homeland Security boss Kirstjen Nielson say: “Under the “zero tolerance” policy, when families cross the border illegally, “Operationally, what that means is we will have to separate your family. That’s no different than what we do every day in every part of the United States when an adult of a family commits a crime.” This, of course is total nonsense. The White House chief of staff John Kelly to his eternal discredit said: “Separating families is “a tough deterrent. … The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever.” So how can Sessions say they never intended to do this? Sessions has described it as deterrence. Others as a bargaining chip for Trump getting his wall.
Hopefully this may or may not have stopped. Trump said he stopped it. But Trump’s word is as reliable as one written in the sand at the low tide level when the tide is out. He can change it again at a whim and with Sessions, Kelly and Neilson he has some enthusiastic witting allies
Even though it may have stopped we now find out what a real disaster it has been. We are now seeing the possibility that there may be problems ever reuniting all the children with their parents. Think of this having occurred at a hearing before a federal judge. A defense attorney “asked the agent on the stand about the whereabouts of our client’s child, the prosecutor objected to the relevance of the questions. The judge turned on the prosecutor, demanding to know why this wasn’t relevant. At one point, he slammed his hand on the desk, sending a pen flying. This type of emotional display is unheard of in federal court. I can’t understand this, the judge said. If someone at the jail takes your wallet, they give you a receipt. They take your kids, and you get nothing? Not even a slip of paper?”
A federal public defender wrote: “my clients now ask: Where is my little girl? Who’s taking care of her? When do I get to see her again? Will they deport me without her? How will she be protected and by whom? How can I talk with her? Who will give her medicine if she’s sick?” He went on: “I have to explain to these parents that I might never be able to answer their questions. I can’t promise that they’ll be able to speak to their children, or know their whereabouts or who is taking care of them, or whether they’ll be sent back home without their kids. “
Think of this. You are walking with your child or grandchild who is four years old. A federal law officer stops you and takes the child away. You seek to find the child and no one will tell you where he or she is. This is your America today. This is the way you as an American treat the least among us.