After 20 years experience working with children impacted by our policies regarding the US/Mexico border, I responded to the most recent border crisis (family separation) with a reflection carried by Colorado’s oldest newspaper, The Pueblo Chieftain ( Children pay price over border policy.)
It’s about children, red/blue division and our national inability to recognize the humanity of our newly-conceived children, which may be impacting our lack of clarity concerning all our child/family separation issues.
It’s a problem of both/and, not either or. Human dignity is human dignity, and each side of the political spectrum recognizes this truth only partially, as it suits their purpose and appeals to the base that keeps them in power.
We must do better.
Listen to Michael Martin Murphey’s haunting song “Sacred Heart” (referenced in the editorial) here:
I think of so many children and parents I’ve known every time I hear this beautiful song. Please keep them in your prayers.
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See NPR’s “A Reagan Legacy: Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants” for details on the proposal in play the first time I heard Michael Martin Murphey’s “Sacred Heart.”
About 20 years later I heard Fr. Benedict Groeschel speak about the continuing problem as an issue of justice.
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