I was moved to tears by the video of Angelica Gonzalez-Garcia from Guatemala being reunited with her 8-year-old daughter after a 55-day separation! Tears, hugs, kisses. But the child does not speak. She seems traumatized. (https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/05/us/massachusetts-separated-families-reuni...)
Olivia Caceres was separated from her 1-year-old son in November at a legal point of entry. Even after being reunited “he continued to cry when we got home and would hold on to my leg and would not let me go. When I took off his clothes he was full of dirt and lice. It seemed like they had not bathed him the 85 days he was away from us.” (https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/my-son-is-not-the-same-new-testimo...)
These are just two of the stories of the approximately 3,000 children scattered in facilities in 16 states from Florida to New York to the entire West Coast. How will they be reunited with their families?
I had hoped that on Independence Day politicians would be independent of party politics and show themselves as caring human beings. Their lack of response troubled me. Statements made behind a podium or into a press microphone are not enough — and silence is intolerable.
We the people have spoken and marched and demonstrated. It is time for every elected official on the federal and state level to stand in public opposition to the brutal policy of separating and detaining families. How can we celebrate our independence from tyranny when our government’s cruel actions have rendered Angelica silent?