“We came here because we believed that America respects our rights. We were robbed, raped and exploited by gangs. We watched our friends and family members be killed. But we always believed in America.”
At the border right now, there’s no solace for young teens who might know little about what’s happening to their bodies—yet have to summon the courage to tell a male guard and ask for pads, only to be denied or given too few to matter. Or have to manage their periods in over-crowded rooms where privacy is scant. And aren’t even able to shower or wash hands or scrub clean stained underwear.
At a time when the United Nations has identified more than 25 million refugees worldwide—people who cannot return to their home countries for fear of persecution or other dangers—the Trump administration is contemplating setting a zero refugee admissions target for fiscal year 2020.
In her new memoir, Knitting the Fog, chapina writer Claudia Hernández reflects on the impact of her mother’s difficult decision to flee domestic violence and poverty in Guatemala and immigrate illegally into the U.S.
It is indisputable that barring exceptional circumstances, jailing children is wrong. Child welfare experts agree that detention, even for short periods of time, has profoundly adverse impacts on children’s long-term health and development. But the Trump administration is still fighting to hold migrant children in detention—indefinitely.
The Trump administration’s new “public charge rule” will make it harder for immigrants who use public benefits to obtain a green card. This is wrong. No person, let alone an immigrant, has succeeded without the help of a community.
When we discuss and understand the Public Charge Rule, let there be no question that it will harm some of the very most vulnerable in our society—including U.S. citizen children, survivors of domestic violence and recently arrived refugees and asylum-seekers who need a small measure of social support as they bravely make their way in a new country.
“Sometimes I think of the cost of raising a child all the way to adulthood—and since I know I can’t instantly pay my mom back hundreds of thousands of dollars, I can at least pay her back in a sincere doodle.”
Last year, over 100 children in Ohio started their summer break reeling from immigration raids. This year, children in Alabama and Mississippi are starting their school year begging for their parents to be returned to them.
The Trump administration needs to be held accountable for the atrocities happening at the border, in the same way that all nations must be accountable for crimes against humanity.