Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Torture at the Border with Mexico





Children's Guardian Angles are crying because children are being torture by our government policy at the Mexico border.


Matthew 18:10
Jesus said, "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, For I tell you that their angels in Heaven always see the face of my Father in Heaven."


Mahatma Gandhi“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi


Quoted from Article:
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-immigrants-border-asylum-ice-201802305-story.html

In two speeches last week in the border states of Arizona and California, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that as a matter of enforcement, if an unauthorized migrant brings a child across the United States-Mexico border without documentation, “we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.”
This means undocumented children and parents will be separated — a tactic meant to deter migrant parents, including many asylum seekers, such as those who’ve traveled through Central America in a caravan in recent weeks, from crossing the border in the first place. Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International have argued that this policy change is inhumane, and it is. But evidence from developmental neuroscience suggests it is more than inhumane.

It’s also, by definition, torture.

Under federal law, which adopts the United Nations definition, torture is: “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as … punishing him or her for an act he or she or a third person … has committed or is suspected of having committed.” And though in theory any action inflicting such suffering is banned, that is what is inflicted by separating parents and children in border detention.

Children arriving at the U.S. border in search of asylum are frequently a particularly vulnerable population. In many cases fleeing violence and persecution, they also encounter hunger, illness and threats of physical harm along their hazardous journey to the border. This combination of experiences puts migrant children at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Such anxiety and mood disorders can be debilitating and intractable, particularly when they start in childhood. By the time many migrant children arrive in the United States, they have already faced harrowing events, increasing the likelihood that they’ll be traumatized by parental separation.
Parenting is, after all, a crucial ingredient in our species’ recipe for survival. It is so crucial that children’s brains have evolved to need it the same way that their bodies require nutrition and rest. Various studies demonstrate that being close to parents can buffer children against feelings of stress and threat.


Matthew 25:40,45

“40…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
“45…whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”


Contact Your Elected Officials!
Let's Get This Kind of Enforcement Changed.



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