This past Sunday I joined with several hundred other people in a protest organized by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee. This protest was against the Trump administration’s new border crossing policy, which has forcibly separated more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents in recent weeks.
It felt very important to me to take the time to be part of this action. And in doing so I was reminded of my words of December 2016:
I never want to find myself . . . sleepwalk[ing] through life only to be suddenly and rudely awakened by events, especially those portentous of tyranny.
I want to always strive to be informed and proactive about the important political and social issues of the day. I want to be able to say, for instance, Hey, I recognized when things started going awry in a particularly disturbing way, and lifted my voice against it.
And it wasn't just in Minneapolis. Across the U.S. this past weekend there was a groundswell of opposition against Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border. This opposition continues and it crosses party lines as well as the progressive/conservative divide and the typical boundaries of religious ideology. As my friend Raul so pointedly put it: "There are limits." And it seems that with its "zero tolerance" immigration policy, the Trump regime has, for the majority of Americans, gone beyond what is acceptable.
To be honest, I hope this rising tide of disgust and opposition leads to not only Trump's undoing but also the undoing of the Republican party which because of its cowardly enabling of Trump, is just as morally bankrupt as the president and his administration. Now wouldn't such a downfall be something?
Left: With my friend Sue Ann at Sunday's Fathers Day protest against the Trump administration's reprehensible policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
Following are some photographs I took at Sunday's protest. In the days to come I'll add to this post excerpts from some of the many well-written and insightful commentaries and op-eds that have been published about this issue.
Related Off-site Links:
Hundreds Gather in Minneapolis to Protest Federal Immigration Policy – Tim Nelson and Gabriel Kwan (MPR News, June 17, 2018).
The Government Has No Plan for Reuniting the Immigrant Families It Is Tearing Apart – Jonathan Blitzer (The New Yorker, June 18, 2018).
Meet Stephen Miller, the 32-year-old White House Adviser Who Convinced Trump to Start Separating Migrant Children from Their Parents at the Border – Michal Kranz and Ellen Cranley (Business Insider, June 17, 2018).
What You Can Do Right Now to Help Immigrant Families Separated at the Border –
Amanda Arnold (The Cut, June 14, 2018).
UPDATE: Trump Reverses Course, Signs Order Ending Family Separations on Southern Border – John Wagner, Nick Miroff and Mike DeBonis (The Washington Post, June 20, 2018).
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• Jeremy Scahill on the Historical Context of the Trump Administration's "Pathologically Sick" Anti-Immigrant Agenda
• Something to Think About – June 14, 2018
• On International Human Rights Day, Saying "No" to Donald Trump and His Fascist Agenda
• Quote of the Day – March 12, 2018
• 2000+ Take to the Streets of Minneapolis to Express Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees
• Trump's America: Normalized White Supremacy and a Rising Tide of Racist Violence
Images: Michael J. Bayly.