Others are understandably outraged about the aggressive pursuit of a disabled and ill little girl.
Though the president’s administration has said they’re looking to focus on the “bad hombres” coming across our borders, many people are realizing that this actually means, well, them. After all, we’re pretty sure a 10-year-old with cerebral palsy isn’t spending her weekends running around with MS-13. And even though her grandfather and cousins, who are all US Citizens, have offered to sponsor Rosa Maria in this country, that request was denied and the little girl may still find herself deported alone.
Sick children and their families are probably being targeted because it's easy.
It’s frankly more convenient for the Border Patrol to catch the most vulnerable people at hospitals, homeless shelters, or courthouses, something the Trump administration has granted permission for them to do. It’s much harder to catch and deport hardened criminals, who are already avoiding law enforcement anyway.
Of course, this is the kind of policy that will always find defenders.
As cynical as a lot of us feel these days, surely even those who were eager for a crackdown on immigration would be horrified by the arrest of a sick child. When we watched all those mothers of people killed by immigrants at the Republican National Convention, surely we weren’t thinking a 10-year-old who was in surgery was part of that problem? Surely these good American Christians have room for little girls like Rosa Maria in their hearts?
There seem to be plenty of people who think a disabled 10-year-old who was brought to America as an infant should pay for this. These are people perfectly happy to leave a child fresh from surgery alone and scared in a juvenile detention center while we make a special law for her in Congress, apparently.
Some are simply starting to lose their faith.
It’s very hard to cheer for a nation that treats children this way, regardless of where those children were born. And while laws are important, it’s more than a little strange to watch a political party that’s usually decrying big governments cheering for one that sets up check points and detains human beings indefinitely on their way to the hospital.
Can this really still be called the home of the brave?