This post will unfortunately and likely be the first in a series. As things arise in the current socio-political environment, I need to speak out and I need to take a stand. Just a warning. This post is going to be political. It is going to contain strong rhetoric, and it is going to be accurate. This post is going to talk about what is happening today and the reality of that. This post is going to be critical and harsh. So read on or opt out, but you've been warned.
What is happening in this country at the border is horrendous. The treatment of immigrant families, and the separation of the children from their families is reprehensible. I don't care what your political views are, these children should not be victims of inhumane policies. These children are being forcibly separated from their families and placed in concentration camps. I know we aren't calling them that, and I know we aren't physically torturing these children, but they are in a concentration camp none the less. These children are being ripped away from their parents and placed in facilities with chain-link fences, walls, gates, bars, and armed guards. Reports of infants being ripped from their mother's breasts have been cited with multiple sources. First ladies, Senators, and Representatives have all condemned the actions of the Executive with no effect.
The actions of the United States at the border is no different than Nazis. These children are being emotionally tortured, separated from their parents who have been imprisoned for seeking asylum. The parents are imprisoned and the children are being lost. Over 2300 children have been separated from their parents and Department of Homeland Security has admitted that they have lost track of many of them as well as not having any plans for reunification.
As a parent, I cannot even imagine the heartbreak of these families. I know that if I was in the same position, I would fight to my dying breath to keep my children with me. As parents, we need to recognize the negative impact on these children and the long term psychological damage that these policies will cause. George Takei has said that these polices are worse than the ones that placed him and his family in a Japanese Internment Camp. Takei said, “At least during the internment of Japanese-Americans, I and other children were not stripped from our parents. We were not pulled screaming from our mothers’ arms. We were not left to change the diapers of younger children by ourselves.”
I call on every parent, on every human with a conscious to stand up for these families and protest the human rights violations being committed at the border.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
I'm Matt a.k.a. The Attached Abba (Abba = Hebrew for Dad). This blog is detailing my journey in parenthood, and will hopefully provide a space for other dads to find support and insight.