MINI OP-ED| Where Have the Children Gone?

The Trump administration has pulled one of its most successful vanishing acts to date—they have disappeared the migrant children from their parents. To date, the children remain missing. Trump may argue that family separation is the price of flaunting rules at the border, but he is not one to speak as he continues to obfuscate the tenets of natural justice in his struggle to avoid the Russia investigation, and to preserve his presidency.  I’m quite sure his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels broke at least a moral rule, if not campaign finance laws.  

I write this article as Bill Cosby my childhood hero, is lead away in handcuffs as if a common criminal. Perhaps his actions have reduced him to just that. In Washington, tempers flare as Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, continues to run the gauntlet of sexual misconduct accusations (three to date). Tomorrow he will face his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Will he remember the teen-aged girl of over 35 years ago? Or will he see and respect the woman who has “pointed him out of a lineup” and not backed down. She has my support as her kind of courage is rare. Trump supporters shrug, the entire matter simply a raindrop in the storm of Trump’s administration. No need to build an ark, yet.

The more important question, perhaps even more significant than whether or not Kavanaugh deserves a lifetime appointment, is one that Republicans, Democrats and perhaps the media at large have managed to bury. The plain and simple heart-wrenching question that remains largely ignored—Where did the children go?  The same children who were separated from their parents months ago at the border. The same ones the court ordered to be reunited with their parents. The barbarism of the act remains unsurpassed in recent history. Parents looking for their children, while a nation looks for their country. Far too tragic a metaphor.

If Trump can’t sleep at night, it may not be the sound of CNN or Mueller’s footsteps, or even the upcoming mid-term elections pricking at his thumbs. I can only imagine it might be the cries of the children still without their parents, lost in the bureaucracy of a self-serving presidential agenda.

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k.g. Sambrano is a Canadian writer known for his works of literary fiction and poetry, and is an occasional freelance political writer. His latest non-fiction book, Trump- the First 365 Days: America’s Fight for America was released on February 20, 2018.

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