“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
– Emma Lazarus
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen appeared in front of the White House press corps yesterday in an attempt to defend the Trump Administration policy of separating children from their parents who enter the U.S. illegally.
Overall Nielsen came across as cold-hearted – very cold-hearted. She seemed to be in over her head when she tried to explain things.
About the only other member of Trump’s cabinet who has a colder heart is Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The funny part, if there is one, is that Nielsen contradicted many things that Sessions and other members of the President’s team said about the policy
Nielsen tried to blame Congress. I think she fails to realize that the President’s Republican Party has majorities in the Senate and House.
NPR reported that Nielsen said, “Here is the bottom line: DHS is no longer ignoring the law.” As many fact-checkers have found, there is no such law requiring children to be separated from their parents if they illegally cross the border.
Many parents are bringing their children to the USA for safety. As a parent, I think if I was faced with the situations they are (gangs, drugs, etc.) I would try to get my children to a safer place, like to the United States. I’m all for prosecuting people who come into the United States illegally. I think they should allow the families to stay together until the cases are adjudicated.
People are against this family separation policy – and it extends to both sides of the aisle. This is a major issue that will tarnish the Trump Administration.
The bottom line is President Trump can stop the process of separating children from their parents with a phone call. He should do it today.