Letter to the Editor: Separating Children From Their Mothers

I just read a Washington Post story about a two-year-old child crying. She was taken from her mother at the border. The staff of the detention center tried to give her toys but she continued to cry. The only thing this child wanted was her mother. The Trump Administration policy of zero tolerance separated this child from its mother in the name of the United States of America. In your name.

Who are we? I grew up with the image of the Statue of Liberty, with its stirring poem’s words, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free…” Maybe those who voted for the President did not like the image of the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants into this country. Or maybe they did not really think President Trump would do what he said by removing this two-year-old from her mother.  But he did. Is this who we are?

To answer that question, I ask you another, can you hear this two-year-old’s cry? She cannot help herself. Luckily, some Americans hear her. Minister and Trump supporter Franklin Graham (son of Billy) said of the no tolerance policy, “I think it’s disgraceful, it’s terrible to see families ripped apart and I don’t support that one bit.” Three hundred Catholic Bishops meeting in Fort Lauderdale said, “Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral.” The National Association of Evangelicals sent a letter to the President pleading that he protect the “unity of families.” The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution calling for “the priority of family unity.” So, these people do hear this two-year-old’s cry. But do you?

If you do, call and protest this policy. Do not just retreat into your job, or your life or your investments. Stand up for this child. Call Representative Mike Galllagher (202.225.5665) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (202.224.5653) and Senator Ron Johnson (202.224.5323). Tell them to stop the policy of separating children from their parents.  

For those of you who do not hear this two-year-old’s cry, or do not care, I don’t know what to say to you.


Patrick Cerra

Egg Harbor, Wis.

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