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Editorial lauds protests against Trump’s “cruel” immigration policies

There’s a fine, “must read” editorial in this morning’s Winston-Salem Journal celebrating this past weekend’s protests against the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies that have, among many other things, separated children from their parents.

Here’s the excellent conclusion:

“In addition to the trauma of separation, we’re now learning that the policy was implemented with little thought given to how the parents and children could be reunited. Last week, a federal judge ordered that children separated from their parents be reunited within 30 days, sooner for youngsters under 5. Thus far, the Trump administration has given no indication about how it will follow that order, the AP reported Monday.

The administration’s lack of planning has left agencies like Health and Human Services confused about its responsibilities or how it will work with other agencies, the AP reported Monday. And Border Patrol agents have been inconsistent on applying “zero tolerance” policies, not sure whether they’re still under effect, the AP reported.

It’s not a crime to seek asylum in the United States — and despite the administration’s contrary claims, asylum isn’t easy to obtain. Most who achieve it then become part of our national fabric, enriching our culture and contributing to society. Sure, there are exceptions. But we shouldn’t allow them to define our policies for dealing with the majority.

We appreciate those who came out Saturday to protest peacefully. It was public pressure that forced Trump to reverse his cruel separation policy, and if the public keeps up the pressure, maybe we’ll finally obtain the immigration reform our nation needs and the families finally will be reunited.”

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