A two-year-old Honduran girl stands at the border, crying helplessly. She doesn't have much with her other than the clothes on her back and her mother in hand. Desperate for a better life, her family turns to America for solace and refuge. But it's only a matter of time before they are ripped apart from each other by men in uniform.

The White House has taken drastic measures to stop refugee families from illegally crossing the U.S-Mexico Border.  

U.S. border patrol agents have separated over 2,000 children from their parents during the U.S government's six-week crackdown on illegal immigration earlier this year. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the "zero-tolerance" policy in May and warned that every family caught committing unlawful entry would be separated, with the parents subject to prosecution for federal misdemeanor.

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Other bases for separation on top of illegal crossings include immigration violations, crimes committed by the parent and unverified family relationships, says a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security.

Parents who are found guilty are incarcerated in state prisons, while their children are warehoused in juvenile facilities with no clear procedure for reunification. The only resource parents are given are hotlines which they can use to try and track down their children.

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Border-crossers often seek refuge in the U.S. from the gang violence and political unrest in their countries, many of which are the poorest and most murderous in the world. But it seems the Trump administration would rather these desperate families stay at home; as if to say coming to the U.S. would lend them a worse fate.

Sessions justified the policy by referencing Romans 13:1 in the bible, which was the same passage used throughout American history to defend slavery practices and oppose the American Revolution. His religious mention comes after the Catholic Church called the separation of families "immoral."

"Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is initself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak, it protects the lawful," he added.

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Canadians respond to 'horrific' policy

Several Canadians are speaking out against the U.S. decision to prosecute all unauthorized migrants. Being raised on values of inclusiveness and acceptance, many citizens cannot fathom the current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border:

Others are using the situation as an opportunity to remind Canadians that their country isn't perfect either.

Many are referencing the Indian Residential School controversy of the 19th century, which involved the government's removal of 150,000 First Nation, Inuit and Métis children from their communities.

Still, the fact that the U.S. is committing the same indecencies gives Canadians even more of a responsibility to warn the U.S. government of the grave repercussions of separating families. The bottom line is that what's happening at the U.S.-Mexico border right now is morally wrong and things needs to change immediately.

 

 

 

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