It’s 5:30 pm. Your school day has officially ended and you are walking to the bus station. You take out your phone to call your parents, but before you get a chance to dial their number, you see someone blocking you. They are wearing a jacket with the letters ICE in big white font and they are looking for you. This is the moment you realize you are an undocumented immigrant.
Immigration is a serious problem in this country because the current administration is not handling the immigration crisis appropriately. One side of the immigration problem that a lot of people are talking about is how inhumanely ICE and border patrol treat undocumented minors once they are in custody. According at a 60 Minutes investigation, about 5,000 children have been separated from their families since the beginning of Trump’s administration. CNN has reported that minors who are held in immigration detention centers are held in windowless enclosures that can be compared to dog kennels, they have to use unsanitary bathrooms and some are placed in solitary confinement. Pretty much, these children are living in jails while being separated from their parents.
What is most concerning to me are the toddlers being held in these facilities. Young children who are separated from their parents experience a wave of emotions and don’t know how to deal with it. It is hard enough for adults to process their emotions, so imagine how a young kid might feel if they don’t have any familiar people to guide them through this trauma.
President Trump argues that he and former president Barack Obama had the same separation policy, but he’s just doing it differently from Obama. However, the difference between the two policies is that Trump is immediately prosecuting anyone who crosses the border illegally, whether they come with a child or not, while Obama didn’t enforce the law as heavily. This ultimately has caused thousands of children to be separated from their parents. The Trump administration has been falsely stating that it is the law to separate families when they are prosecuted. According to the Washington Post, there is no official law that states families should be separated when they are detained at the border. We need to do something about the way the Trump administration is handling family separation. No child should be in a cage waiting to be set free or sent back to their country which could be filled with danger or poverty which they were trying to escape in the first place.
No president should allow children to be taken away from their parents. This is really damaging the image of the U.S. Trump swears he is a better president than Barack Obama, but at the rate he’s going, he might be remembered as something much different. These kinds of decisions make people really mad, and it's not only because of the family separation, but because more and more people are getting killed or hurt because of his policies. I'm tired of seeing kids in pain and I know I'm not the only one.