IN MY OPINION: This is one of the most disgusting eras of American history. There used to be some sort of gentleman law — human moral code— where people would respect children. The dream is over. I admit it, my mother came to this country for the purpose of. having her children and giving us a better life. One of the main reasons people come to the United States is for education. Even if you had nothing else… even if you had to scrub floors for the rest of your life, the least you could do was send your children to school. While this might have been a brilliant tactic by the evil minds at ICE, this event probably psychologically traumatized so many people — children, mostly. How does America expect to ply the role of a global leader, when this is what we’re doing to the children of our neighbors?
When I was 5 years old, my mother was sentenced to two years in prison. I was taught to say that she was “on vacation,” to make the idea of cold cell palpable and to avoid additional questions. I had visited my mother (very seldom) in prison. Not sure I can speak for all 5-year-olds, but I only recall so much — I think I only walked through Danbury’s gates once, on Valentine’s Day. Maybe that’s because we took a picture that day, a photo which reminds me of her strength and haunts her with her mistakes.