Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? My kids have school off today (except Betty), so we’re having a readathon to kick off the four-day weekend. We made a late-night Target run and filled our cart with junk food (think: bagel bites, poppers, potato chips). We’re snacking and lounging and reading and generally having a chill day.
I should be in a really good mood, but it’s hard not to be upset by the headlines right now, you know? The news stories that have come out this week about immigrant families being separated are horrifying — parents aren’t even told where their children are, and they are kept apart for months at a time. I think I would go insane.
This immigration headline blows my mind: the government has lost 1475 migrant children. Also, migrants are now required to wear yellow wristbands? For real? And this report details a long list of allegations from 2014 of migrant children being beaten, kicked and threatened with sexual abuse by our border patrol — allegations that still haven’t been dealt with; apparently this kind of border patrol behavior has only gotten worse as immigration has tightened up, with no improvement in protocols to prevent it. What is going on?
To my readers who have immigration reform high on your list of priorities, are you seeing these stories? Are they as upsetting to you as they are to me? What is your take? Do these stories look different from your point of view? For those people wanting to help, there are ideas in this thread.
Speaking of current headlines, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share: