Editorial: Time for N.C.'s congressional delegation to stand for kids and against inhumanity on our border

Posted June 20, 2018 5:00 a.m. EDT

CBC Editorial: Wednesday, June 20, 2018; Editorial # 8314
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

It is horrible enough to separate young children from their parents and pen them up like barnyard animals.

But it is despicable to do it and then to lie, deny, blame and claim -- as have President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley and White House policy adviser Stephen Miller -- that it’s the fault of laws that don’t exist, Biblical references that are out of context and policies that no administration ever imposed.

President Trump and his aides should at least accept responsibility for the actions they’ve imposed. This is a choice they made. No one made them do it, no law mandated this action.

Just as easily as the president ordered the latest round-up for children at the border, he can stop it. That is the TRUTH. They need to own up to their acts.

What is going on at the Mexican border today is ugly, un-American and WRONG. That is why Gov. Roy Cooper has joined with other governors – Republicans and Democrats, in calling members of the state National Guard now deployed to the border back home. It is why Attorney General Josh Stein joined with 20 other state attorneys general to sign a letter calling on Sessions to end the current policy as “inhumane” and an abuse of children’s rights.

There are other North Carolina voices that need to be heard from, loud and clear about where they stand on the Trump administration’s policies and actions that take children from their parents – about 2,000 in less than two months.

Speak up Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. Where do you stand? Do you back the president or will you work with Democrats to end this policy?

What needs to be done, Reps. George Holding, Walter Jones, Virginia Foxx, Mark Walker, David Rouzer, Richard Hudson, Robert Pittinger, Patrick McHenry, Mark Meadows and Ted Budd? Are you fine with what’s going on at the border? Do you have the guts to stand up to Trump and the so-called “America-Firsters” and bring an end to this inhumanity?

Reps. G.K. Butterfield, David Price and Alma Adams, tell us what you plan to do to fight these anti-family actions.

Don’t tell us it’s just a cynical ploy to get Republicans and a few Democrats in Congress to bend to Trump’s wishes on immigration legislation.

Rounding up children and keeping them away from their parents is just plain wrong.

What do you intend to do?

We look forward to your responses.

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