We have another profound example of what this election is really about. This is a contest for the soul of this country. This president represents a new harshness- he is wrong on the facts. And he knows it. Now even this administration must admit that it is mostly kids and families, not the terrorists and thugs this president wanted you to see every time you saw a face like this. But he is more than just wrong in the head… He is really wrong in the heart. America has always represented respect for law, but not at the cost of humanity… Not by doing what Trump wants to do to the needy, like 16 year old Jonathan Sanchez take a listen: “if they deny the program, then I need to go back to my country, and I’ll probably die because in my country, there’s no treatment for CF. Doctors don’t even know what’s the disease. The only ones who can help me are here in the united states.”
Come on…we are better than this. That kid is from Honduras. He came to Boston in 2016 so he could be treated at the children’s hospital there for his cystic fibrosis. His family made the move after Jonathan’s older sister died of the same disease in Honduras.
The Sanchez’s are here legally…. They were granted “medical deferred action.” It’s a small program, that allows families to stay legally and work… Receive medicaid…during treatment. Why? Because that is what america is in this world… We help. We are the visible symbol of aspiration and faith…we are the white plume saying the way is up…E.B. White was inspired about who America is. And this President wants to change that:
“you are not authorized to remain in the united
states. If you fail to depart the united states
within 33 days of the date of this letter…this may result in your
being removed from the united states…”
The Sanchez’s and others got letters last week from US citizenship and immigration services saying no more renewals… They’re not authorized to stay here and they have to leave in 33 days or they become undocumented. When attacked for the heartlessness the Trump admin pushed back saying ice will look at each case now.
If so, why isn’t that on the letter the families got? The Boston Globe reports that in just it’s city, the decision could affect 20 families with kids fighting cancer, HIV, cerebral palsy and more. Only like a 1000 have applied for this medical deferral in the last few years. And that’s the point. You don’t have millions of these folks.. This makes no dent in the numbers of those this president is dying to throw out… But it is a huge blow to who we are.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, i lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
We were built by those who were cast off and ran away with nowhere else to go. It is personal to me and it should be to you. These are not just words…they are a promise. But listen to this administration:
Actually, Stephen Miller…. Emma Lazarus wrote that poem in 1883 to help raise money for the pedestal, three years before the statue went up. They have no grasp of the facts and this policy is proof they have lost their heart. What do you want this country to be about? Time to decide.