I read an excellent and informative article in the New York Times today about Casa Padre, the living center for illegal migrant children. As someone who spends alot of time on Twitter I have witnessed the debate about illegal immigration and Trump play out. It’s pretty harsh on both sides, and both sides have used fake news to get their point across. It’s pretty depressing and confusing, but easily remedied through Googling and reading fact based reporting.
I think adults of both political sides need to let go of their politics and hate of each other so they can see the situation clearly and help. Strictly liberal and conservative opinions leave little room for compromise or reality. Life goes on, and I think the most we can do is stay informed, and see beyond the racism, fears and fake news from both sides.
This crisis is a problem, but it’s the hate around this issue that is making it worse. I think a decrease of it from both sides would help us all be able to see the reality and full picture, and allow the focus to be on why this crisis is occuring, and on what we can do to help. Isn’t that the real liberal and Christian western job- constructively helping those who need it, not just engaging in meaningless wars with the “enemy”?
I think so, and it’s time for liberalism to prove it’s point, not through divisive debate, but through turning our care into action, and our point of reference from hate back to love, care and understanding. This we can do, and in this way we will lead the world to a better world, really help those we profess to care about, and turn our mean victories into real, empowering, unifying and lasting ones.
Update: since posting this blog, the Trump government did reverse the law that required the imprisonment of parents and removal of their children. This was a victory brought about by liberal care and intervention so liberal’s did manage to achieve some good here. It still unfortunately does not solve this crisis, but it did show that public opinion matters, and that humanity can never be completely ignored.
People remain firmly against the detention of children, but equally against the “losing of children”, those who are given to sponsors in the US, and who then disappear. These children can be trafficked, abused or led into gangs, so this isn’t ideal either. I personally believe detention if well and humanely run and staffed, remains the best and safest option.
I also stand by my point that the real crisis is the crime, poverty and violence in these children’s homelands, and the US and global community need to address that to really be of any help to them.