In the past few days, the furor over the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border has reached fever pitch.
A Facebook fund-raiser benefiting migrant legal aid became the platform’s largest-ever when it reached $5 million; it’s at more than $9 million at the time of publish.
Church leaders from Evangelicals to Quakers have condemned the practice. One coalition of Methodist Church clergy and members even sent what amounts to a cease-and-desist letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Methodist who has used the Bible to justify the administration’s choice to pursue the “zero-tolerance” policy (other churches have gone more Old Testament with it). The U.N. has condemned the practice.
So many in the upper levels of the Trump administration have been forced to address the matter, and, through spokesperson Stephanie Grisham, the East Wing also offered a line in step with the West on Sunday. It amounted to: “This is so bad, I really hate it, if only there were something we could do.”
But after that resounding protest from First Lady Melania Trump, it’s back to business as usual. Trump tweeted out a photo Tuesday afternoon of herself and her husband alongside Spanish monarchs King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. The couple was in town for the tricentennial of U.S.-Spain relations:
The Marie Antoinette of it all was perhaps inescapable: the two women—one a literal queen from the country that helped colonize Mexico wearing a pink Michael Kors sheath—having tea in the White House’s Red Room. Could you really blame her, though? It’s the First Lady’s job to host dignitaries and world leaders. This trip had been scheduled for weeks, and Marie Antoinette didn’t have to deal with all of this:
But then she said they discussed “children.” Which children? Migrant children? It couldn’t have not come up, right? The king and queen had just arrived from a trip to San Antonio, Texas, just a couple hours from the southern border. But the meeting never resulted in public statements about the crisis, so perhaps it didn’t come up. “Children” is such a large topic, anyway.
Their little lives demand so much, and they need even more to thrive. Food, shelter, education, responsible Internet use, not being separated from parents and detained. If only there were something we could do for all these children.