MIDDLETOWN – Why are we, as U.S. citizens, not demanding that refugee women and their families stop being treated like a scene from "The Handmaid’s Tale"? The draconian policy of separating children from parents that is taking place at our southwest borders by our government is abhorrent. Why are we not all outraged? Why are our New York representatives Schumer, Gillibrand, Maloney and Faso not protesting this policy loudly on a daily basis?
These families are seeking asylum from horrendous and deadly conditions in their homelands. Instead of offering them comfort as a family unit while vetting them; the Trump administration chooses to cruelly exasperate their condition. How can America be so inhumane as to tell refugee families in need, if you dare to enter our nation we will confiscate your children and make you a criminal?
We have not done our duty as an international leader in these trying times when it comes to welcoming distraught world citizens in need whether they are Syrian, Yemeni, Latin American or other refugees of violence. We need to act more like Germany and Italy who have been welcoming. To paraphrase Angela Merkel: If we fail on the question of refugees, our close connection with universal civil rights will be destroyed. We must not close our hearts and doors to people desperately trying to survive and build a new life. We must keep families entering our nation together and avoid losing, as we have in recent years, thousands more children that we have essentially orphaned.