Commentary: Conditions at U.S. border not a political issue

I have a 2-year-old girl named Callie. My wife walked out the door the other day and Callie wanted to go with her. My wife was in a hurry to run to the car and come back, and told me to keep Callie with me. Callie stated to cry and scream. This seems to be the norm. Callie knows deep down inside that Mommy will be back and she will hold her again and everything will be OK.

That’s not the case down at the camps at the border. There are children younger and older than Callie who have been separated from their parents for no fault of their own. I know we can debate immigration forever and both walk away angry. That’s not what I am wanting to talk about. What I am wanting to talk about is the treatment of these children.

There are kids who haven’t seen a doctor and need one. There are kids who are in cages, grossly overpopulated. Kids are not getting meals that are considered good nutrition. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue. This is a human issue. If another country was treating kids this way, the USA would — and should — step in and save them. We have done this in the past.

These parents who are bringing the children here are trying to save their lives. What would you do to save the life or for the possibility to save your child’s life? Walk 10 miles, 100 miles, 1,000 miles, maybe more? I can tell you now I don’t care what I would have to do, I would do it. That’s called being a parent.

I can’t imagine living in a place where if you don’t join the gang, they kill you or worse, just your kids. The parents build up the courage to leave and take that long walk to America, the country that helps, the country of hopes and dreams, the country where anything is possible. They make it! Then they are greeted by someone throwing them in cages and not taking care of their basic life needs — soap, water, tooth brushes. They were told that the guards were taking their kids to see a doctor, only they were taking them to a separate place to house them elsewhere.

No documents were created as to whose kids they were or who they were. Kids are in this camp with the same clothes they had on when they got there, weeks and months ago. These kids are crying for help and we have a Congress and a White House that don’t care.

Next time you walk out the door and you leave your little girl or boy behind and they cry to go with you, remind yourself there are kids who are crying for their parents and they will never see them again.

Douglas Cox Jr. is a resident of Dover.

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