Hungry, very cold, and no contact with parents. Merry Christmas to our caged children

Please, tell me more about the phony war on Christmas, and how traumatizing it is for you to see black Santas, Holiday Trees, or someone trying to wish you good tidings without the word “Merry.” While you are enjoying your first-world privilege outrage, there is a young child in a cramped cage, wearing the clothes she came in with, trying to calm down a sick toddler crying out for mom and dad. The toddler can’t fathom what’s happening, and there is a good chance they will never see their mom and dad again.

That’s the image stuck in my head today as I watch my children opening presents by a roaring fire.    

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The parents only “crime” was fleeing criminal violence, and for that, they had their children taken away, and in some cases, lost. As for the kids, I have absolutely no idea what they did to justify this extreme abuse. According to Donald Trump, the poor conditions and the family separations serve as a “deterrent” for others seeking asylum here. Child torture is a feature of his plan, not a bug:

When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away.

-Donald Trump, June 19, 2018