Anne Chandler, who is the director for the Houston office of the Tahirih Justice Centre, has stated that multiple illegal immigrants she spoke with reported being told their children were going to have a bath only to be separated from them. The unverified reports have sparked alarm across the nation due to the similarities of NAZI Germany when countless Jews and others were brought to concentration camps, told they would take showers and then gassed to death.
Chandler spoke with Texas Monthly and described how detention center officials are removing children from their parents. The report states that children are taken from their parents for a bath and when their mother or father asks about their child’s whereabouts, they are told they won’t be seeing their child again.
The newly enforced procedures fall under President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance border policy for anyone who crosses the border illegally.
Human and civil rights activists are gravely concerned for the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of not only the parents who’ve come to America, often looking for freedom, but the long-lasting impact this will have on innocent children.
"The officers say, 'I’m going to take your child to get bathed.' That’s one we see again and again… The child goes off, and in a half an hour, the parent inquires, 'Where is my five-year-old?'… And they say, 'You won’t be seeing your child again.'" https://t.co/dEmwSvNrFf
— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) June 18, 2018
Anne Chandler assists illegal immigrant women and conducted a one-on-one interview with Texas Monthly that is going viral as it has sparked alarm. While there is no question that the Trump’s administrations border policy is controversial, it has been the news that approximately 2000 children have been separated from their parents since April 2018 that is making headlines.
Photos and videos of crying children standing at the border while their parents are handcuffed and long lines of children of various ages housed in cage-like structures in abandoned warehouses have prompted outcries of civil rights violations.
This week, protests have risen nationwide including a gathering in San Francisco, California where protesters united outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office. Protesters have also vocalized their outcry against family separation on Capitol Hill.
During the protests, some carried signs that read “Children Do Not Belong in Cages,” “Shame, Shame, Shame,” “The GOP’s Chrisitan Values,” and “Ice Agents American Gestapo.”
As the border crisis gains more press coverage more celebrities are speaking out against it. Even the president’s wife, Melania Trump, has voiced her opinion that children should not be separated from their parents for crossing the border illegally.