They speak of horrendous conditions children and babies, literally babies, are living in. We hear of sickness, sleeping on floors, lack of food, children of tender ages being told to take care of even younger ones. We hear the defense that says Democrats are to blame. Debates need to take place to reform the immigration laws and processes. There needs to be better management within the corrupt system. Super! Great! But children are living in deplorable conditions and have less than the average pet owner bestows on their pets! This is sick, intentional cruelty.
ICE and the government have decided they will no longer keep track of deaths. Sound familiar? Remember your history? Read up on the dictators globally. Read up on genocides that have taken place. Read how many were brought up on crimes committed in these genocides and how they claimed they were “just following orders.” Remember how many stood by silently as others “followed orders.” Remember how families were torn apart, children slaughtered, human beings regarded as non-humans as they were tortured, abused, worked literally to death, then murdered. This is supposed to deter them from polluting the country they came to or called home or whatever was convenient as an excuse for inexcusable behavior. Sorry, but the last we heard, a human is a human, no matter how much you degrade or debase or name-call them vermin, etc. They are still a fellow human being.
A lot of hate has been spread. A lot of discrimination and politics have been thrust on all citizens of the USA. People have made choices. Some are all for what has occurred and many of those have committed hate crimes, mass murders, numerous offenses against their fellow persons in the name of a hate ideology. Many have chosen to watch, some have been upset, but choose to use the vote to stop the hate, etc. But the game has changed and now there is a choice to be made because lives are literally at stake–the lives of children.
Trump and his GOP blame the democrats. The democrats blame the current administration for its cruelty. Both are right. The democrats should have stopped this when family separations started. The current administration is to blame using cruelty to children as a “deterrent” to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Others are to blame, also. Regardless of political party, those that proudly carry the banner of being “Pro-Life” are or should be held accountable and responsible. These are little LIVES. Living beings that are innocents and have no idea what is happening to them nor why. Where are the Pro-Life people? Why are they not demanding that these lives are sacred? Surely as sacred as the fetus in a womb. The others are those that CLAIM Christianity. Where are those that claim to follow the teachings of Christ? He did not advocate let this child be taken care of and let the others rot in cages. At least not in the Bible that is in print currently. Would these Christians be thrilled to meet a returned to earth Christ if he were to return to see how these children are being treated but they do nothing, say nothing, to help or defend these children?
The others who must share in the responsibility of these children being held and abused and mistreated in these concentration camps that are supposed to deter immigration are those who stand by silently. They reason that there is nothing they can do. They reason it is not their children or grandchildren and yes, they are sorry, but life goes on. Vacations are still taken, road trips, weekends to relax. After all, it doesn’t personally affect them or theirs. So they will wait for the next election to vote out the offenders. And how many children die between then and now? How many spirits are broken irreparably in these cruel concentrations camps with atrocities being committed daily, hourly?
There is a wise person known to us that we sought counsel from in this since we were enraged and heartbroken over this cruelty to children–CHILDREN. This wise person was sad also, but said, “Each and every soul has the ability to choose. Not one person is denied making a choice. Those that choose to be cruel, to spread evil, hate and divisiveness make their choice. Those that choose to do nothing to stop it also make a choice. Those that try to stop it, change it, make a choice. All must live with the consequences of their choices. Sadly, silence and inaction as the choice reaps only more cruelty to the innocent and defenseless. But all do have that choice. Again, all will reap the consequences of their choices. And many will suffer for it.”
This was not comforting, but rather heartbreaking and frustrating. And yet, it was honest and true. We all do have choices. And we see how not only our decisions affect us, but also others. And others’ choices affect us individually. If I am a person of color and someone who is a white nationalist decides to harass or harm me, I have little recourse as a white officer of the law, or a white judge or jury, may feel the same as my attacker and simply allow it or enforce the same actions under the guise of justice. So their choices could very easily cost me my life and great damage to those who love me and are associated with me. Likewise, now we are looking at children suffering the consequences of choices made. Choices made by people in power and the average adult citizen. They are LIVING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHOICES MADE BY PEOPLE THEY WILL NEVER SEE. And yes, they too, these small souls, have a choice, too. Some will choose to keep hanging onto hope they will see their family members again–or they will simply give up because their spirits are broken. No child should have to choose between these two offered options. Let this sink in. The child can choose to hang onto hope or give up, broken by the choices adults made for them.
So what can be done? You can speak out. You can keep calling the legislators demanding action and quick action before more children are lost. You can write, paint, sing songs of protest when you can’t march or physically go to the camps or the seat of government. Choose to let your voice be heard however it can be or choose to be silent. Then live with the consequences.
It has been said that for evil to flourish, all it takes is for the good to be silent. Choose. Then live with it. Just remember, children are suffering and dying in the meantime.