I was a horrible journalist that day. The pictures I took were bad, and my camera ended up running out of battery. I also didn't interview anyone, or take down any names. I just ended up soaking the entire scene in.
Towards the end of the vigil, three migrant mothers, who are staying in the U.S. illegally, choked out stories through tears about how they struggle to provide for their U.S. citizen children. One mother even had her baby ripped out of her arms by ICE when she was in a pharmacy. There are very few crimes that I can think of that are greater than ripping a baby from a mother's arms. The pain involved in ripping to shreds the age old bond between a mother in child is immeasurable but it happens with regularity during immigration raids.
In an raid that has now become famous, hundreds of children were separated from hundreds of mothers in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
You see, from the plain of a moral relativist I guess I can understand on a theoretical level the hate towards migrants that make the “choice” to come to the United States, but the hate for their children? That I can't understand. Even if parents are responsible for having put their children in a bad position, it still doesn't make sense to take out the unmerciful hate on migrant children.
There's no question that the human rights of these children are being violated. Still, in case there is any question here is a passage from the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child.
It continues to startle me how “amnesty”, or forgiveness and mercy, has become a bad word in the U.S. migration debate. Who is more deserving of mercy than children who were not responsible for their actions and have known nothing else than the United States?
This as foes are lining up to oppose the DREAM Act because its a “partial amnesty”, According to the Miami Herald.
Anti-migrant advocates are free to tear down this post as another example of my emotional rather than logical appeals, but I couldn't help it with this post. I was going to try and tie this back to my post on Maxsuel Medieros, but these were the emotions I was overwhelmed with at this vigil. I left this vigil with an emotional dread that I'm trying to convey in this post. The sacred bond between a mother and her child is being violated repeatedly and without outrage in the U.S.
Even if my words have failed to touch you, as the vigil touched me, I'm going to provide a few routes to action at the end of this post. Latino Pundit has a list of names to call in support of the DREAM Act. You can also join the Facebook Group that has been extremely effective in gaining support for two migrant children, Alex and Juan Gomez. Alex and Juan Gomez have almost single-handedly put the DREAM Act back on the table. Also see this blog I enjoy by an author pushing for the DREAM Act.