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Kids with no parents

I can only imagine a young child not understanding why his or her mom and dad aren’t with them. Friends or family members caring for them, or worst case, total strangers taking them by the hand or carrying them off, away from those they know and love, placing them in strange beds, with strange bed partners, no comfort blankets or teddies. You can hear the crying and sobbing. What you can’t see is the mental damage being done - only later in life when they become young adults.

So yes, I feel badly for the 2.7 million children in America (1 in 28) who currently have a parent behind bars. Parents who broke the law, were tried, convicted and sentenced to a prison term. About 300,000 thousand are in foster care.

I feel the same for the 2,000 immigrant children who suffer under these conditions - the only difference: the American parents didn’t risk their children’s lives getting here.

Why no protests for the thousands of American kids? The children did nothing wrong, but suffer the same.

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Phil Colozzi

Post Falls


 

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