Based upon our mission and values and as a pioneer in Social Justice education, Marygrove College is compelled to protest the recent actions of the U.S. government as it attempts to enforce current immigration law.
We view the forced separation of children from their parents as a human rights issue and unethical, immoral behavior. These actions do not reflect what the United States is supposed to stand for. The images of children held in cages depict especially disgraceful and deplorable behavior on the part of the United States. These are children, not animals. The United States, along with Southern Sudan and Somalia, are the only nations that have not signed the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, “establishing global standards to ensure the protection, survival, and development of all children, without discrimination.”
Bowing to popular pressure, the U.S. government yesterday halted the forced separation of children from their parents with no clear plan to reunite these children with their families. Marygrove Colleges calls upon our government to immediately reunite the incarcerated children with their parents and to process these asylum seekers humanely. We call upon the Congress to immediately pass fair, moral and compassionate immigration laws.
Additionally, the United States must also examine and reform foreign policies that contribute to or create the economic and political conditions in other countries that give rise to the desperate need for people to immigrate.