According to the Los Angeles Times, more than 4,000 children have been taken from their parents as part of the "zero tolerance" policy implemented by the Trump administration in the spring of 2018.This occurred in the spring of 2018 alone. According to the EveryLastOne.org website, a staggering number of more than 69,000 migrant children are currently locked away in U.S. detention centers!
I bet most Americans don't know that we have this many children in jail. I didn't. But I do see it growing. The size of this group is only growing as a population and not getting smaller. Never declining. Very worrisome.
This is slavery, the colonial, for-profit, war machine, turned on children and families. We will look back at some point and realize in significant and many ways just how injurious and impactful this moment was toward peoples native to this continent. The U.S. policy of "Indian Removal" continues. This, despite our tenacity and the extraordinary contributions that we are poised to make as Indigenous peoples at this critical juncture of history.
Yes, I am Indigenous and re-Indigenizing. So we speak Spanish and we call ourselves "Mexican," "Mexican American," "Latina," or "Latinx," but we are the descendants of peoples native to this continent—as Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous peoples alike. San Diego State University Professor Dr. Margarita Machado-Casas is currently researching Afro-Indigeneity in Mexico, Nicaragua, and other places in Central America. This area of research promotes bridge-building across our African American and Latinx communities in an urgent moment in our collective histories.
I think that most people with a pulse would agree that the U.S. government's actions are "unforgivably cruel," as expressed herein. Those precious little lives need us. Their parents, families, and communities cry for justice. This 69,000 figure needs to stop growing immediately, period, lest there be no real policy limit for innocent people sentenced to enduring trauma. What could be more urgent?!
Let's all support organizations like Raices, Border Angels/Angeles de la Frontera, and EveryLastOne that are on the front lines of this struggle. And let's all be sure to register to vote and then to get out and actually vote these soulless people that are behind these policies, out of office.
#FreeTheChildren #FamiliesBelongTogether #FamiliesTornApart