You live in a country with a sub-standard level of medical care, police, and education.
You are constantly threatened by drug runners and/or their gangs.
You have a four year old child who clearly has a disability, and so the gangs exploit it, knowing that your child wouldn’t understand not to go with them. Your child has no sense of danger.
You cannot get help from the police, or the police may be working with the gangs.
You are in fear for your child’s life.
You are in fear for your own life.
You have heard you can go to America to apply for asylum.
You pack up a few belongings, leaving behind family mementos and other important parts of your history because there are only two of you and you will need to take turns carrying your child.
You undertake the journey.
You make it to the border filled with hope. Your family will finally be safe. You can work towards citizenship. You can get jobs.
Instead, you are immediately stopped, ignored when you ask from asylum, separated from you child, put into prison, and hear that your child will be moved to a “camp.” You have no idea what this camp will be like, and you fear that, because of your child’s disability, they will be ignored and in great danger.
You child has no coping skills. Your child cannot do many things that their peers cannot do: they cannot feed themselves, they cannot speak, they cannot use the toilet or wash themselves.
Imagine that you’re that child.
Go back to being yourself. And explain to me why this concept of separating and caging families is acceptable in any way?
[I do want to note that right now, families are not being separated at the border. However, the changes are not true protections in any way – it merely says that families be housed together “where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.” As per CCN, “It was not immediately clear whether the caveats would still result in a substantial number of separations.”Separations has already become commonplace and acceptable to many Trump supporters, and I am afraid it will happen again.]