Letter to the editor: US must show mercy to families
The intensity of my love for and protectiveness of my children is fierce. As a person of privilege, I was the mother who tapped every resource in order to learn how to raise safe, healthy, happy children, whom I endlessly enriched and nurtured. Yet, because of frightening circumstances beyond my control, there was a time when my children were part of the “child welfare system.”
I raged when I lost the power to make decisions about my children. I laid in bed, desperate heart pounding, wondering whether to forever disappear with my children, or trust an overburdened, under-resourced agency to protect something so vulnerable and precious. I meticulously measured every word I uttered to the authorities and experts, knowing any answer could result in unfathomable misery. I have screamed in public, begging for my children to be left whole.
I panic at stories of children separated from parents at concentration camps and slave auctions, by abduction, and from natural causes. I weep over scenes of frantic animals being reunited with lost babies. I relate as a mother, because I know the impact on the children.
The United States, of which I am deeply proud and grateful to be a citizen, must put an immediate end to the separation of families at our borders. We must never recreate the indefensible crimes of human history. This must be the priority.
I offer no solutions. I simply again find myself asking for, needing, mercy for the children. And the parents. Mercy.