Families Belong Together –a Rant Against this Administration’s Inhumane detention policies

Imagine that you arrive at the immigration or customs checkpoint for let’s say –Aruba.  You are traveling with your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or any other small human you care about and an agent comes up to you, under the guise of giving them refreshment after a long journey –and the child is NEVER given back to you. What would you do?  If your answer is “Well that’s just how it is?  It’s the law or policy.” I am calling you a liar (probably with a few expletives in front of the word liar). I do not know any parent, grandparent, or person entrusted with the care of a child that wouldn’t be devastated, infuriated, angered, desperate, panicked, traumatized, among many other numerous emotions.   If you can say this and mean it –then unfriend me right now, I don’t want to or need to know you.

Over the last few days, I’ve read and listened to every imaginable ‘rationalization’ that the White House, the Justice Department, and the Department of Homeland Security has given for separating 2000 children from their parents when they arrived at the US/Mexico Border over the past six weeks.  Let’s be clear, this is racist policy that is being enacted by the Trump Administration. If 2000 white children had been separated from their parents at the arrival of a border ANYWHERE in this world in a period of 6 weeks, we would be threatening military action.  Perhaps in another post, I will go into great detail highlight every LIE this administration has used to justify their heinous acts –but know that if you do just a little bit of research you will find that there is absolutely no policy or law on the books that upholds the claim that “This is the law.[1]

Choosing to separate families, regardless of their immigrant status, is inhumane, callous, and cruel.  I don’t expect everyone to share my politics regarding immigration –but I do believe that regardless of your political affiliation you should be offended that this administration thinks that it is ok to not only separate these families, but to also ‘house’ them in subpar and inhumane conditions. Children sleeping in cages and on the floors of old warehouses is not right[2]!   Keep in mind numerous private corporations are PROFITING off this pain and suffering of others .[3]

What can we do:

  1. Write or call your representatives –we need to continue to put pressure on all of our elected to ensure that this policy does not continue. https://whoismyrepresentative.com/
  2. Donate, volunteer, write the media and make sure that this issue doesn’t just disappear. https://www.thecut.com/2018/06/how-to-help-fight-family-separation-policy-immigration-trump.html
  3. Participate in local and/or virtual protests: http://map.familiesbelong.org/search.php
  4. Stay outraged and stay engaged!!

 

[1] See: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-us-policy-separating-migrant-families-law/story?id=55943925 or

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/06/18/how-to-mislead-with-statistics-dhs-secretary-nielsen-edition/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.076f7812c723

[2] See https://www.apnews.com/9794de32d39d4c6f89fbefaea3780769

[3] See: https://www.npr.org/2017/11/21/565318778/big-money-as-private-immigrant-jails-boom

Or  https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/profiting-enforcement-role-private-prisons-us-immigration-detention

 

with PRIDE

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I turned on the news two nights ago and found myself listening to a San Diego 7 News report titled, “A Campus Divided” (click here)  that reported on the supposed division among students on the PRIDE groups’ decision to sponsor a Drag show designed to educate the campus community about trans community and gender identity.  PRIDE has worked diligently to navigate the considerable number of bureaucratic hoops and hurdles placed in front of them.   The irony of this report is that it constructs upheaval among students, when in fact, it’s off campus individuals and organizations creating the upheaval through their hate infused messages and harassment.

The response from those ‘concerned’ about “Catholic Identity” has been a litany of hate mail directed at the students, their organization, and University administration.    While part of me wanted to laugh when I saw that someone said that the University of San Diego stood for “Undeniable Satanic Destruction” –I found myself saddened (not surprised) by the level of intolerance and vitriol aimed at students trying to honor and celebrate individuals who face discrimination and prejudice everyday.  Just as frustrating and saddening is listening to the type of hate being aimed at these college students in the name of religion.  I fully respect the right of every individual to freedom and religion –but wonder what religion, god, gods, goddesses, or deities preach hate as an acceptable form of behavior and social interaction.  It seems antithetical to any form of religion.

Many of us were reminded when reading an autobiographical article written by the late Dr. Joseph Columbo,, who taught in the Theology and Religious Studies Department, that it wasn’t that long ago that this community and their allies had to meet in secret –in fact professors had to keep their gender and sexual identity in the closet.  While the university has come a long way since that time, my hope, is that we remind ourselves that this is not the time to take a step backwards. For five years, I’ve watched as too many students have struggled to live their lives out loud and be respected for who they are regardless of their sexual orientation, race, religion, gender, or class status. The LGBTQQ community has become the target of religious zealots who claim to stand for all Catholics and Christians –when in fact, we know there is great variation in the ways in which different parts of the Catholic Church and denominations within Christianity view same sex partnerships and unions.  In truth, I might have  a lot more respect for those sending hate mail,  emails, and comments on Facebook pages and blogs if they stepped out from behind their keyboards and actually opened themselves up to a public and meaningful conversations.  Hate thrives in silence and anonymity –so it’s time for us to combat this bigotry by taking a stand against homophobia and hate.

I stand with PRIDE and celebrate the strength, tenacity, and perseverance of the students who are working hard to educate the campus community and combat hate.  I thank USD for standing behind them too.