I have been a social worker for 41 years. For most of that time, my mission was to ensure the safety of children, many of whom needed protection from the worst kinds of abuse. What is happening to children on our southern border, to be plain, is the worst kind of child abuse.
We know that tearing children away from their families is a deliberate Republican policy. We know that the policy is so awful that the Trump administration has been lying about the policy they announce on the record, claiming that it doesn’t exist. We know the children are being held in horrible conditions, in cages. We know that every Democratic U.S. Senator has cosponsored a bill to end the practice, and that no Republican Senator has endorsed it. And we know that a solid majority of rank and file Republicans are behind the policy.
It is shameful that in the 21st Century, we have sunk so low that we have to even discuss this: harming children is wrong. Doing it for political gain is even more wrong. A political party that doesn’t reject this practice wholeheartedly, and impeach its authors, is more than just wrong. They are permanently disqualified from serving in government.