Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

On Father's Day and every day, families belong together

On Father's Day and every day, families belong together

The Trump administration's policy of removing immigrant children from their families has become so controversial that even the President's base of core supporters is speaking out.

Anna Tarkov, communications director for organizer Families Belong Together, said about 60 cities and towns staged rallies.

"We oppose the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their families along the USA border and other points of entry", the organization says in promoting the rallies. They say in part, "As parents, it is unconscionable that the US government is actively tearing apart immigrant families".

According to the website, "To separate immigrant families, victims of violence, hunger and poverty, is to re-violate them". Children as young as 18 months are torn from their mothers arms by our own government. As of May of this year-this is America-and is formal American policy enforced by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, also known as the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy. The movement, called "Families Belong Together", follows a massive day of action on June 1. "This is a safe family event".

"It's disgraceful. It's bad to see families ripped apart and I don't support that one bit", Graham told CBN News this week, though he blamed "politicians for the last 20, 30 years" rather than Trump explicitly. With deportations on the rise and the possibility that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be terminated, the fear of families being separated and family members being sent back to a country they hardly know or where they are in danger is justified. "I hate it", he said.

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The move has already led to a rise in the number of children separated from their parents at the border.

Wiggins said she is fully aware that a discussion about immigration must take place in this country and that some people in Rexburg see nothing wrong with this new policy.

"We're all volunteers doing this in our spare time, but the passion and dedication of everyone involved in this has just been unbelievable", she said.

Arizona, New Mexico, and some districts of California and Texas have been ordered to criminally prosecute adults, causing them to lose custody of any accompanying children. We can nurture them and support their growth by caring for them and giving them the resources they need to thrive, or we can mistreat them and impede their future development.

A Facebook event marked 142 people as "going" and 825 people as "interested" in the event.

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