If you follow me on social media, you've been seeing a lot of posts from me regarding the separation of families.
My heart is literally broken. And it breaks even more so when people have commented unkind words or words of apathy.
Let me tell you why this broke my heart: Because in a short amount of time a massive amount of families have been separated. The rest is really superfluous to the main point. The only other time in modern history that this has happened is the Holocaust.
And even though the president wrote an executive order to stop, many children have been SHIPPED TO OTHER STATES. Let that sink in. Children have been separated, but it's another thing to ship children like animals to other states into the foster care system, which is beyond broken as we know, and deporting the parents. HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?!
Even the Nazis had meticulous records of each and every person they held and killed. It was almost sickening however, no person was unknown. These children, some don't even have the capacity to speak because they are literally 1.5 years old.
My son is 1 year and 8 months. He can't say his name. He can't say my name. He can't even articulate what he wants. If they took him or if he got lost, he wouldn't even know where to begin in order to find me. Many children are in this exact position.
I can't look at my baby without thinking of all the other babies who don't have their mamas and daddies to hug them. Even if it's because I gave him regular Cheerios instead of the chocolate Cheerios. Or rejoice in the fact that he plays and dances and is a happy baby when we chase him through the house. No, these children, instead, have been separated and SHIPPED OFF to other parts of the country. As if there was never going to be a possibility of the families being reunited.
I don't care what your political views are, but families come together and they should go together. Detain them together. I wouldn't care if I was detained in a shack as long as my family and my child were with me. I wouldn't even care if they sent me back to my home, as long as we were together.
I am just in awe that today, in modern times, we are seeing a similar pattern of apathy and hate that led to the genocide of many. Including many, many, many children. You don't recover from something like this. You remember it and hold it in your heart for a long time.
But we can help. We can donate. We can donate to lawyers who are on the ground doing something. On the ground bringing those 8-month-olds, 2-year-olds, and 15-year-olds back to their homes with parents who love and want them. Because children need THEIR family. Children NEED their moms and dads.
Help by clicking on these organization links:
DONATE TO TOGETHER RISING WHO IS ON THE GROUND DEFENDING THESE FAMILIES.
DONATE TO UNICEF TO HELP THESE FAMILIES.
DONATE TO HELP WITH SUPPLIES FOR THESE CHILDREN WITH BABY2BABY.
Help. Help all you can because that is what these children need from us. If you are on the ground close to a center, help. If you can donate clothing, help. If you can translate, help. If you can take in a family while they await their trial, help. If you can share this post, help.
Let us reunite families, like all of the families that I post on here. Let us keep families strong and united. Stand for families, not for unjust laws. Stand to help, not add to the noise. Stand to fight for what is right, not look the other way.