I just listened to detained children separated from parents at the border

[CW: profanity, political opinions]

Oh hell, no.

I just listened to this seven minutes of audio (with subtitles) obtained by ProPublica from inside a CBP (Customs & Border Protection) facility.

Mostly, you hear small children crying inconsolably—not because they had a toy taken away, not because they didn’t get their screen time, not because they dropped their ice cream—simply because the policy of the Trump Administration meant that they had been forcibly separated from their parents. They cry in Spanish for their “Daddy,” “Mommy,” and “Aunt.” One little girl keeps trying to tell them she has memorized her aunt’s number, which she recites. She wants them to help her call her aunt so she can come and get her right away and reunite her with her mother.

This little girl’s name is Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid.

She is six years old.

She is from El Salvador.

Say her name.

For the love of God, people, SHE IS SIX.

She could be me. I’m Chávez; she is Valencia Madrid. I’m half Ecuadorian; she is half(?) Salvadoran. I was born here; she was born there.

Before you go to bed tonight, Attorney General Sessions, Secretary Nielsen, and Mr. President, say her name. Put on your best headphones, look at a picture of your own children, listen to all seven minutes of audio, and then open your filthy mouths which you dare use to cite the scriptures, and say her name, out loud.

“America First” is antithetical to the gospel. And ripping little Miss Valencia Madrid from her mommy is making our nation less safe, less great, less “biblical” (whatever that means), and less moral.

I’m no more deserving of knowing my parents and a loving home than she is.

Hell, no.


If Jesus were walking the earth, I think his reaction would be something along the lines of, “Holy sh!t,” followed by razor-sharp words to the leaders who make the decisions that make this situation: “Woe to you, you brood of vipers. You tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but you yourselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. Woe to you, for you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside you are full of greed and self-indulgence. You are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

[Source and more details: https://www.propublica.org/…/children-separated-from-parent…]