Never Forget the Children

A Letter to Governor Rick Perry of Texas

Texas border crossing

Children pour across the Texas border.

Governor Perry, you decided to send 1000 Texas National Guard troops to protect our border.  What about the children who are already in our midst?  How can you think about sending the militia, who might kill those precious children coming across our borders for a better life?  Have you forgotten the millions of children lost in World War II at the hands of the Gestapo?

Recently I visited the Dallas Holocaust Museum, not for pleasure, but for research about the past.  If you visit the Holocaust Museum, Mr. Perry, you may understand better why I’m horrified, about you sending “boots on the ground,” rather than equipping caretakers of the youngsters who desperately want a better life.  The bodies are already piling up along the border, due to harsh, hot weather and traveling conditions.  Some parents will never know what happened to their babies.

Beseiged parents may pay the price to hustle their children to a safer environment.  Would they rather have them killed by the drug lords or try to send their children to a relative in faraway Arizona or Maine or Texas?   They dream of a better life for their children, not lives that may again be in jeopardy, due to the close quarters for catching diseases, few showers and nasty food.  What kind of a country are we?

When a child looks up at one of the guards in the ill-prepared camps and says in Spanish, “When will my aunt be here for me?” how will the attendant answer?  “Shut up!  We don’t know.  We’ve got people on the border to make sure no more people like you show up on our doorstep!”

My heart bleeds for all of us in this more than messy crisis.  Taking sides will not help.  Deciding simply to keep people out, will not obliterate the need for caring for the human lives who are sleeping on the floor in what is nothing more than an internment camp with the ghost-like image of times past in Germany.  How will these children remember coming to the US when they become adults?

Mr. Perry, I know you are not evil.  There are two sides to most issues.  I know we need to enforce the laws or change the laws.  You would gain much more popularity if you implemented a plan to work towards finding foster homes or creating safe havens for the children, rather than letting these children sleep on the floor where it surely must smell awful.

Jewish Children

Will history repeat itself on our borders?

Last week I heard someone I know well, who professes to be a “good Christian,” say, “Let’s just shoot them, as they try to cross the border.”    I remain in shock from that remark, fearful of what may evolve.

If you only look at one side of the coin, you will ultimately loose face from all but the most vicious “Christians.”  The armed militia you are sending will fail to improve the inevitable surge in illness in these “holding tanks.”  Will this really enhance you in the eyes of the world?  Is this what you want?

Please re-think what you are doing.  Please visit the Dallas Holocaust Museum to see the piles of bones, eyeglasses, and jewelry.  See the sad eyes in the old photographs.  Imagine the horror when those children saw someone go for a shower and never return.

You don’t want to be held accountable for the possible escalation of an already bad situation, do you?  You may have a better chance of becoming a hero in this mess if you treat the children with respect and responsibility.  Please, never forget the children!






Children Crossing the Border

Crossing the border

Who will help the children crossing the border?

I’m fearful watching television sometimes. I suppose everyone is fearful watching TV sometimes. Today I’m fearful for the children crossing our borders. I’m fearful for what I see happening when busloads of children arrive in a small town in California, only to be heckled and turned away.

What parents would pay a smuggler to bring children across the border? Desperate parents, I’m sure. Tired parents, ones who see no future for themselves or their children. Parents who want a better life than they live, where poverty, drugs, and lack of work dominate. That’s who!

Two Sides

I understand the consternation of the people demonstrating, yet it makes me so scared to think that the melting pot, which is the United States, has no place for these children to stay. What is happening to morality? Where is the humanity?

Hatred is evil. Hatred turns to persecutions and unreasonable, yes, evil results. We must address the issue of the border children in a reasonable manner, or the situation can only escalate. If you are familiar with the stories from the Holocaust, perhaps you know someone who lost  a grandparent or aunt or uncle in the midst of the Nazi hatred which spread so quickly.  Perhaps you’ve read stories about how Jewish parents during the Holocaust left their children behind when they boarded trains to their deaths.  We need to step forward to help the children coming across our borders.

This week I heard a friend tell me that some of the teenagers are being sent to start street gangs and drug wars. Perhaps that is true. The numbers arriving are astounding. But those teenagers need homes and love with the hope of saving them from the streets. The homes where they will go need attenion quickly.

Help for the Children

We are a rich nation. We’ve had hard times. But most people do not know what it’s like to leave their homes with nothing but a backpack and a little lunch to travel miles and miles to a place where they are cooped up like the families in internment camps. They sleep on mats, not knowing what to do or how much suffering is yet to come.  How scary is that?

Crossing the Border

We need courage to help the children crossing the border.

We need to come together, especially in the southern states to reach out to help people.  Where is the morality?  Do you recall how many Jews and their supporters died in the early 1940’s?

Yes, I’m scared today. Would I take a child or children into my home? I’d be darned scared and try to minimize the risk, but sending children to internment camps without proper sanitation and adequate food is just around the corner if we don’t realize that humans are sacred beings. If you are a believer, you know that a living person is precious. These precious children need helping hands, not voices of hatred surrounding their situation. We need courage to do the right thing!