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Children torn from parents

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As a primary school teacher I could no longer sit idly by as more and more information came to light about the tales of migrant children being taken from their parents and kept in detention facilities as part of a new “zero tolerance approach” to migration.

A recent news article states “the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' border security approach has seen thousands of adults criminally prosecuted for illegally entering the US, meaning their children are separated from their guardians and classified as 'unaccompanied minors'.

According to a Department of Homeland Security spokesman, between April 19 and May 31, 1,995 children were separated from 1,940 adults who were being held by US border patrol.”

To add further fuel to the fire U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been quoted citing a bible verse to justify this cruel treatment of children stating “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,”

As a Christian I can not accept the blatant misuse of the Bible to justify this treatment of children.

The Republican-led House of Representatives may vote next week on two immigration measures - a hard-line bill drafted by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and a compromise measure that limits legal immigration while also ending the family separations.

I call upon the Australian Ambassador to the United States Mr Joe Hockey and the foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop to urge the Trump administration to approach this complex problem with empathy and make all possible efforts to return these children to their families.

 



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