545

This. Makes. Me. So. Angry.

National Public Radio and news outlets throughout the United States and world reported this number today. What is the number? Why is it significant?

You will remember that Trump and his minions, in 2017, decided it was a good idea to deter the flow of undocumented people from Latin America countries south of the U.S./Mexico border by kidnapping their children. (Thank you, cowardly lawyers and Trump sycophants Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein for making it “legal” for the U.S. to get into the kidnapping and human trafficking business.). In 2018 the ACLU sued and a court ordered the reunification of children with their families. However, there were about 1,000 families which were not covered by that order.

Of those approximately 1,000 families, there are 545 children whose parents still cannot be found according to the U.S. Justice Department and the ACLU. NBC reports that some of the parents who have been found elected to leave their children in the U.S. with family members or sponsors for fear of their child’s safety back in their home country. Yet parents of 545 children still cannot be found. Look at that number again: 545.

There is little news that I have a physical reaction to these days. Sadly, my tolerance for the inhumanity, cruelty, stupidity, and evil of the Trump administration has grown some and I’m less likely to get sick to my stomach when I hear about the latest act of barbarism. Not today though. I was made physically ill by this news.

I am struggling to reel in my rant at this point. I am so outraged, so angry. However, as respectfully and calmly as I can, I want pose a question to my friends who are thinking of voting for Trump because he is “pro-life” and “pro-family.,” Can you please tell me how “losing” these parents, likely making each of the 545 children orphans, is either “pro-life” or “pro-family?” Really. I’m not baiting you here. I’m asking.

Many Latin American families I know (and I am part of one) deeply love their children and are committed to their safety, well-being, and sense of family. From what I know and have observed, that is “baked in” to the culture.

For any child who is missing their parents and has no idea what became of them the hurt must be nearly unbearable. As a parent, this news makes me sick to my stomach, but it is my heart that hurts. Any parent who has known the pain of separation from a child knows that hurt. For many of us the hurt is temporary. That is not likely the case for these parents and children. They may never be with one another again.

Shame on you Donald Trump! Shame on you Jeff Sessions! Shame on you Rod Rosenstein! Shame on all of you cowards who suck up to such stupidity and evil each day!

And shame on you, my friends, if you dare give any more support to such evil.

Author: Tom Klaus

My name is Tom Klaus and I am the founder and president of Tenacious Change. I am convinced the secret to almost any good thing happening among people is relational trust. Want to be loved by your spouse, children, and family? Want to work well with others? Want to be an effective leader? Want to help your neighborhood, community, state, or country change for the good? Want world peace...actually, peace with anyone? Building relational trust is when fear, animosity, conflict, and the status quo begins to transform into cooperation, respect, collaboration, peace, and working together for social change and the greater good of all. A good day for me is when I can help social profit, nonprofit, and public leaders and their organizations grasp the importance of relational trust, let it guide their decision making, and inform their strategy. This is just one of the ways that I am animating and equipping leaders, organizations, and communities to lead change for the greater good. Tenacious Change is about changing forward into a future that prioritizes the greater good for all. We can do this better together. Come on along!

2 thoughts on “545”

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: