Order to seperate parents from children at the border forgets lessons of World War II


As described in your editorial “Mexican border policy on kids is harsh yet ineffective” (Opinion, March 13), President Trump’s newest immigration order calls for separating children from parents when families apply for asylum at our border. Imagine you are a parent facing this choice: Should I stay home and keep my children close but under threat of murder and rape, or should I try for safety, even if I’m sent back without them? Would you not risk the anguish of separation? Are memories so short that we forget how many families did exactly this to save their children from death in World War II? Trump’s policy seems built on the premise that parents will not do what most caring parents would. It will not stop the flow of terrified Central American asylum seekers, but it will certainly increase chaos, pain, and trauma.

Laurie Van Loon


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