Who Gets Hurt in The Latest in a Long Stream of Media Circuses
As the plot thickens, we are now fighting over children. A subject where there should be no division, only compassion. Yet here we are, arguing over whether or not it’s right to rip children from people fleeing a miserable existence in their own country where there’s no guarantee their children will see tomorrow, much less adulthood.
A few thoughts and questions on the arguments being put forth.
- People in the military are there by choice. Our armed forces became strictly voluntary in 1973.
- People in the military know where their children are, and that they’re safe, even if the parent is risking his or her life for their country.
- Separation of immigrant children from their families has been going on to some degree for years. Why is it suddenly a hot button now?
- Blaming another administration (especially the wrong one) for a law being on the books makes no sense. How many laws are on the books which are never enforced?
- The current administration isn’t the first to separate children from parents crossing the border illegally. But they are doing so on a larger scale, and including those who went through the proper channels to legally seek asylum.
Looking for Answers and Maybe a Consensus
With my trusty Google in hand, I took to the internet to see if I could find some actual facts on the matter. Of course, every site is biased in one direction or another, though some, like CNN do their best to sugar coat it, and not always in the best interests of the truth (which we all know is heavily influenced in each of us by what we already believe).
The liberally biased Vox.com published an article recently entitled “The Trump Administration’s Separation of Families at the Border, Explained”. Though some of the points have been argued on both sides, I found item 6 particularly interesting as it addresses Trump’s contention that his actions are justified by a “bad law passed by Democrats”. According to the article, the legislation in question was passed by George W. Bush in 2008. The article goes on to state:
The decision to charge everyone crossing the border with illegal entry — and the decision to charge asylum seekers in criminal court rather than waiting to see if they qualify for asylum — are both decisions the Trump administration has made.
Hard as They Try, CNN Can’t Ride the Fence
CNN reports on the affects on children separated from their parents in their article “Doctors saw immigrant kids separated from their parents. Now they’re trying to stop it”. The doctors agree the children are impacted both psychologically and physically by the forced separation—not only while separated, but for the rest of their lives. Health issues they can look forward to as a result of toxic stress response activated by separating children from their parents include heart disease, cancer, and morbid obesity. And that’s after they have dealt with developmental issues. The article explains:
“Toxic stress is prolonged exposure to hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine, nor-epinephrine — fight or flight hormones — and then inflammatory hormones. In a very young child, that disrupts brain development.”
Though cases of toxic stress were seen occasionally during the Obama administration when illegal entrants were incarcerated and separated from their children on a much smaller scale, Dr. Julie Linton says the situation is much worse today and is quoted in the article:
“Now it’s a systematic policy to create the same kind of trauma that, before, I saw really on a case-by-case basis,” she says. “Now we’re systematizing something that we know is incredibly harmful and incredibly cruel.”
Physical and Emotional Damage That Impacts a Generation
“When your best friend is worried that their father is going to be deported, it’s disrupting a whole generation of our kids.”
Even Faux News is on Board This Time
A 2008 anti-trafficking statute dictates that certain minors must be taken out of immigration detention within 72 hours.
Summing it Up, From Where I Sit
Now, More Than Ever, We Need Gratitude
My gratitudes today are:
- I am grateful for the freedoms, at least for the moment, which allow me to research topics like this. I may not have gotten all the answers I came for, but I can continue to dig.
- I am grateful for a mind that things, a skepticism that keeps me looking beneath the surface and reading between the lines, and the courage (or maybe recklessness) to talk about it from a different perspective.
- I am grateful for a working environment that molds to my own pace and rhythm, and includes a clowder of stress-relieving felines.
- I am grateful for the many people in my life who love and care too much about others. They are part of the heart and soul which will ultimately bring more love and less hate into a very troubled world.
- I am grateful for abundance; love, family, friendship, multiple sources, Google, curiosity, awareness, consciousness, inspiration, motivation, dreams, peace, harmony, health, philanthropy, and prosperity.
Love and Light
About the Author
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