Separating young children from their parents is not only cruel, it can be fatal. Last week, a seven-year-old girl separated from her father when they presented at the border died in US custody a mere 8 hours later. The causes of death: dehydration and shock. These were preventable, treatable, entirely avoidable — and done in our name. You have your representative’s number on speed-dial by now; please call and voice your objection to this horror.
We are all busy, and the news cycle is relentless. But lest we think that the family separation issue is resolved because we don’t read about it anymore, read this. It comes from one of the volunteers at the border with Al Otro Lado, and was written this week.