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Writer: Conference today informs about children separated from parents

August 28, 2018

From Kenosha News: http://www.kenoshanews.com/opinion/voice_of_the_people/writer-conference-today-informs-about-children-separated-from-parents/article_3648012b-17c6-5a2c-b62b-edb07d959c1b.html

 

The story about family separation at the U.S./Mexico border has moved off the front page and away from our daily awareness.

 

Since the majority of separated children and parents have been reunited, we seem to have lost a sense of urgency about the 565 children who remain in U.S. government custody, some of whose parents have already been deported.

 

Our government has declared that it has reunified all the eligible families. It claims that it is not equipped to find the parents who have been deported to their home countries.

 

In the face of this claim, the ACLU has taken up the task. How disappointing to find out that the government withheld phone numbers that would have helped to locate some of the parents.

 

This heartbreaking situation, begun when the Justice Department initiated its “zero tolerance” policy, has become a debacle of unthinkable proportions. The actions of our government have caused life-changing trauma to all of the separated families, and it continues unabated for the 565 children still in custody.

 

The true cost in human suffering will never be known.

 

In the interests of keeping ourselves informed about this issue, consider attending a conference in Milwaukee today at 6:30 p.m. at the Islamic Center, 4707 S. 13th St. It is entitled, “Children and Trauma from Palestine to Milwaukee.” It will include information about Latin children forcibly separated from their parents. The conference is free and open to the public.

 

Erica Jordan

Kenosha

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