Pro-Publica obtains secret audio of children crying after being separated from their parents at the border.
I could only listen for a few seconds before becoming overwhelmed with empathy. I have NEVER been so ashamed of my country. At the same time, I've never been so proud. In four days, $8.3 million dollars have been raised in defense of the defenseless. (Update: as of 28 August 2018, that amount is $20,764,070!!) Celebrities, politicians, ordinary citizens, and even conservatives have spoken out against what is clearly a human rights violation. I felt embarrassed to leave the house when Trump was elected. I feel the same embarrassment now. I'm the only American most people in this neighborhood know; an unofficial representative of the country. What must people think? Do I know what's happening? Am I appalled? Do I support it? Do I care?
I do care. So I'm sharing the link below (I've also shared it on my Facebook page). I'm also publicly sharing articles and speaking out about the issue. It's easy to feel like there isn't anything I can do. The least I can do is continue to spread the message and continue to be vocal online, with friends and family, and with anyone who asks.
Fellow expats, do you ever feel like you are the representative for the U.S. in your community? Are you ever asked strange questions or questions that make you think? What's the weirdest thing someone has asked you about being an American/the U.S.? What's the weirdest misconception you've heard?
"-directly fund the bond necessary to get parents out of detention and reunited with their children while awaiting court proceedings
-ensure legal representation for EVERY child in Texas' immigration courts (last year, 76% of kids (over 13,000!) did not have representation)
Bonds are set at a MINIMUM of $1500, and are usually in the range of $5-10K, even for asylum seekers without any criminal history. We are starting our goal at $1500 and will see how far we get."