Nearly 1500 children, some under the age of four, have been 'misplaced' after arriving at our border unaccompanied by an adult and being detained by I.C.E. and then placed in the care of sponsors who don't have to pass background checks, aren't required to present references, and often aren't followed up with after placement. Some of those children have been confirmed to have been passed to traffickers. Now under a new policy instituted by our present administration, children, including babies, are being removed from their parents and placed in warehouses on military bases. Parents are often not informed of their children's whereabouts or conditions, are being restricted from communicating with their children, and in some documented cases parents have even been deported without their children. In most cases these immigrants have followed our own policies and legal processes by presenting themselves to our officials asking for asylum. We cannot remain silent while children and parents are traumatized and punished for simply seeking the safety of our borders. We cannot remain silent when children are being lost to human trafficking, placed in unsafe conditions, and warehoused on military bases while forcibly separated from their parents by our own authorities. If we remain silent we are complicit. Please, call your representatives and demand that children who arrive unaccompanied are placed in safe situations and those who arrive with parents are allowed to remain with them. We must do better than this. L.R.
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