This post was last updated on August 2nd, 2018 at 07:32 am
Immigration to the American soil reminds us of heart-wrenching stories about desertion and sacrifice of people crossing the border. Certainly, immigration is often nightmarish, especially for the poverty-stricken, as it witnesses painful separation of the families.
The series of separating families on the US border is imputable to Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration, which avers every unlawful border exchange as a criminal act. When caught, children are separated from their parents, and confined in US detention asylums, till the conclusion of legal proceedings.
Post mass-backlash on Trump’s family separation policy, the administration proposed a new official policy, concerning families nabbed at the border. Now, the families won’t be disunited, rather they’ll be detained together, until their cases are terminated. Albeit, it’s illegal to detain immigrant children for an indefinite period.
Pramila Jayapal, the US Representative from Washington’s 7th congressional district, recently interacted with female detainees at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center. Women mentioned to Jayapal, threats of rape, mob violence and political torment. To her shock, the policy separated mothers, forcefully from their children, some even infants. The mothers also claimed that they did not know where and how their children were being held.
Isn’t it an act of cruelty? The masses have been seeking answers from the Trump administration about the children’s whereabouts, but to no avail.
In my opinion, President Donald Trump should rather device holistic strategies to implement the immigration laws, without violating the human rights. US can start with generating opportunities for people in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, which send a major chunk of unverified migrants to the US land.
America can send aid to these countries to improve child education and literacy, which would further enhance their living standards. It could also fund the microloans, thereby helping women to become employed. The US trade policies must prefer sourcing goods from countries in question.
Shouldn’t Trump’s administration ferret out a rational immigration reform, rather than implementing such erratic policies, abusing the human rights of the vulnerable?