Separating families at the border should prompt Trump’s impeachment

Matt Hasty

President Trump should be impeached for allowing families to be separated at border.

Recently, President Trump enforced a zero-tolerance policy directed at people who enter the United States illegally from Mexico. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy on April 6 which instructs homeland security officials to prosecute people who enter the U.S. illegally.

People from Mexico and Central America attempt to cross the border into the U.S. every day. Most of the people who try to cross the border are people with families in search of better lives for their children. After Sessions announced the zero-tolerance policy, however, the search many Hispanic families have pursued took a drastic turn.

Nearly 2,000 children have been taken from their parents since the policy. The parents of these children are being prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally. But in a search for a better way of life, many Hispanic parents are making the decision to enter the U.S. at any cost.

Who could blame them? According to, to enter the U.S. legally takes a visa, which costs money, something many Hispanic families hoping to cross the border don’t have much to spare.

Additional requirements to be a legal U.S. citizen include going through a 10-step naturalization process, which could take years to complete. Most Hispanic families do not have the luxury of time when there is immense violence from drug cartels in their home countries. They are flocking to the border to save their children from becoming victims of this violence.

With no good options, these families cross the border to save their children. However, what awaits them is sometimes even more shocking than the violence they left behind. Children were placed in cages like animals and were forced to be away from their parents. Shocking enough, right? Then, these children were forced to live in a large, dark facility with portable restrooms, only chips and water to eat and foil sheets to use as blankets.

This scenario reeks in resemblance of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps during the Holocaust.

On June 20, President Trump and his administration announced they are reuniting thousands of the families that were separated at the border, but it will not happen quickly, according to CNN. The announcement came after thousands of people protested in outrage in response to the policy.

First lady Melania Trump expressed her disapproval of the situation.

Melania’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN, “Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform.”

Former first lady Laura Bush also expressed her disapproval of the situation as well, stating, “Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso.”

Bush also said, “These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”

Even religious leaders such as Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Franklin Graham, a key Trump ally, faulted the morality of the separations.

The real problem with this is that President Trump sat back and let this happen to thousands of children, and when he was pressed about it, he stated only Congress could stop the separations, though proving later that he could indeed stop it himself. This was blatant abuse of his power as POTUS. Thousands of children now will have the trauma of being separated by their parents all because of one man’s policy.

The problem lies with Trump, not the people fleeing their native lands to escape danger brought on by cartel violence. He should be impeached for this issue alone, because he systematically endorsed the confinement of thousands of children and their parents.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. God bless all the families who fell victim to this senseless incarceration.