However, the world will only grow crueler, less just, less warm, less beautiful, less like the very good place it's always been intended to be, if we become either permanently enraged, or put on the robes of apathy. "What can we do?"
It is not a moral act to follow an evil law. There is no law that requires children to be separated. It's a criminal and immoral response to a problem.
First, we must name evil as evil. Taking children from their parents, putting them in cages. It's simple. It's evil. I don't care who did it. I care it's being done at all. It needs to stop yesterday. Somewhere, there's a charity or a firm that needs to go and decide to represent however many children are in cages and they need to fight. We need to fight with them. We need to sign petitions, call our representatives and tell them to pass bill after bill after bill after bill demanding the reuniting of these families. We need to call our journalists, on every network, everwhere and have them run story after story after story after story, so we see the faces of these families, so we must stop pretending this story is merely an embarrassment, and recognize it for the cruelty, the absolute wrong that it is. We need to call the White House and demand that they reverse policy. The phones should not rest. The emails should not cease. The coverage should not stop until this policy stops, and every child is reunited.
This issue should transcend party, it should blanket the nation. Every mother and father should ache for those mothers and fathers who don't know where their children are. Every child should weep for the separation deliberately caused by a government unwilling to even admit, it's going on and too cowardly to acknowledge, it must stop. It's beyond wrong.
Most of us grew up knowing the phrase, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" by Edmund Burk. We know from history, silence because the law allows for something, permits the veneer of law and order to gloss over attrocities on a micro and macro scale; be it slavery, segregation, discrimination, abortion or any other injustice perpetuated with the reassurance, it's the law.
We go wrong when we forget the purpose of the law. We go wrong when we allow the law to be a tyrant. We go wrong when law supercedes mercy, forgiveness, kindness, charity, and freedom. We go wrong when we allow ourselves to stay comfortable and think, someone else should do something. We go wrong when we justify not doing something because we don't think it will make a difference. Every act makes a difference, even if we don't make the news, because every act which is humane, is a rebellion against the tyranny of the wrongness of the world.
The government is without checks or ballances or a moral compass right now, so it needs people of good will, ordinary, everyday people, to be the moral compass, and to become those who stand against what is being done in our name. We must learn the first rule of spiritual physics. We cannot bring about a good by doing evil. The problem of immigration, and of needing a means of bringing people in, and legally processing them, requires a better response than treating those who come as subhuman. Anyone who refuses to recognize the evil of taking a toddler from her mother, is wilfully blind. Wifully ignorant. Wilfully pretending what is cruel, is not cruel. It is no different than wilfully ignoring the trains going by, wilfully pretending the child in the womb isn't a child, wilfully declaring someone not to have rights because of whatever one opts to decide is the reason, they shouldn't have human rights.
It's time to fight this constant parade of cruelties with deliberate action, rather than gnashing of teeth. When the law allows people to be cruel, the laws must be changed. I don't care if it's been 200 years, or 2000 years. The length of a law on the books does not prove it's validity or it's merit, only the willingness of people to not get engaged, not be involved.
Here's an article on what's being done: Complaint targets separation of immigrant families at the border.
Here's what we know: CNN article on zero-tolerance involving the separation of mother from her infant. It's a worthy video to watch.
And the New York Times did a great piece which also includes phone numbers and actions to take: Seizing Children from Parents at the Border is Immoral. and my online friend, Rebeca Bratten Weiss wrote Legality is not Morality,
Here's who to call:
Call your representative.
If you need me, I'll be making some phone calls and writing some emails.