The number of children removed from their parents and incarcerated by the U.S. government is expected to be 2,946 by the end of the day today.
The U.S. government has been under court order to reunite the 102 children who are under five years old with their parents by the end of the day today, July 10, 2018, but the U.S. government will not comply with that court order. It will reunite only 54 children under the age of five with their parents, and it is unknown how many, or if any, of the remaining 48 children under five years old will ever be reunited with their parents. For example, nine of those parents have already been deported by the U.S. government and their whereabouts are unknown, and nine parents have been released and their whereabouts are unknown. Not one of those 18 parents is available for DNA testing.
Diane Ravitch, the highly respected author and expert on education, has noted that:
“The world breathlessly watches as the Thai government seeks to rescue all of the 12 children and their coach trapped in a flooded cave, and cheers as each emerges, saved. At the same time, many people of the U.S. watch in horror at home as 3,000 children are lost, separated from their families at the border and dispersed to distant locations. The government was ordered by a federal court to reunite the children with their parents, at least those under the age of 5, now. UNDER THE AGE OF 5.”
I cried with relief when the second set of boys was rescued from the flooded cave yesterday and wait with heartfelt hope that the remaining boys and their coach are rescued today.
But what about the 2,946 other children also living in trauma? What about the children living in trauma in our name, put there by our government? What media attention and creative energy can we give to rescuing those children?