The real enemies of the United States aren’t headed here in a caravan filled with children. They don’t come from Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador. And they don’t want to invade the most powerful country in the world, either.
HUIXTLA, Chiapas, Mexico — I’ve seen the ignorant, xenophobic rants on social media about the caravan. They’re terrorists in disguise. They’re criminals. They’re invaders. They’ve been sent to invade and destabilize the United States.
Fernanda Jacqueline Dávila is 2 years old, and she is locked up. The U.S. government would say that’s not true; that she is well taken care of and fed, that she has a bed, and her own clothes.
First, the bad news. The United States is “united” in name only. Sometimes it seems that we are two completely different nations locked in never-ending conflict.
They arrive alone, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador. Not yet 18 years of age, they come to the United States to join their parents, siblings, uncles or distant relatives whom they hardly know. Having crossed though Mexico, they are exhausted.
Alexander is just 11, but he already demonstrates the resilience of someone older who has suffered through difficult situations without being broken.
Children being separated from their parents and put into chain-link cages. That image will forever remain a symbol of President Donald Trump’s America.
At this point we are beyond the moral indignation. It is ethically wrong to put children in cages, it doesn’t matter where they come from.
Here are three hard truths: 1. There are 1,475 immigrant children unaccounted for in the United States, and officials have no idea where they are; 2. The Trump administration has separated hundreds of children from their parents after they crossed the border illegally; 3. President Donald Trump is to blame for this cruel policy. He could put an end to it, but he doesn’t want to.
Americans must decide which type of country we want to be: A nation hostile toward foreigners, closed to the world and prejudiced against minorities — as President Donald Trump’s actions and words would have us become — or a generous, open and inclusive one, as this nation has been for more than two centuries. The decision should be easy. But it isn’t.