Giving Compass’ Take:
· Mark Trahant at YES! Magazine analyzes the similarities between President Trump’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ policy and a previous policy referred to as, “Kill the Indian, Save the Man,” which affected Native American families. Trahant discusses the trauma children endured when pulled apart from family in the name of religion.
· How does Trump’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ policy affect children? Is this humane?
· Learn about the family separation policy and how you can help.
Indian Country remembers. This is not the first administration to order the forced separation of families.
The Trump administration has initiated a zero-tolerance policy on the border. Zero tolerance means that people caught crossing the border are treated as criminals.
On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security said the Trump administration separated 1,995 children from the adults they were traveling with at the U.S. border between April 19 and May 31.
“The act of ripping children away from their parents is nothing new for the United States. Separating children and their families to ‘kill the Indian to save the man’ by sending Native children to boarding schools, and doing it in the name of religion, is one generation removed from my family,” wrote Peggy Flanagan on Twitter. Flanagan, White Earth, is a candidate for lieutenant governor in Minnesota. “Trump’s ‘zero tolerance policy’ is nothing more than a clear violation of human rights. We must learn from history. We must stand with immigrants and refugees.”
Read the full article about children taken from their parents by Mark Trahant at YES! Magazine.
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