Ramsey is correct to call out the governor's words as "nativist" because like Trump's anti-immigrant politics, policies, and rhetoric, they stir up the base and encourage actions and policies that are punitive and harmful to communities that are already traumatized and vulnerable, escaping violence and poverty in their own countries. In addition, they do so at the egregiously, if terribly anguishing, high cost of surrendering their children to our country just to save their literal lives.
Who among us can even come close to imagining such a circumstance? This is one where handing over one's child to the U.S. government for a trauma-filled, uncertain future is an option worth pursuing?!
We can only conclude that for these families, their circumstances are that terrible and their options, limited.
This failure of leadership is terribly sad and tragic to witness and from a policy perspective, is not sustainable.