Support local protests

It’s impossible to know why Donald Trump finally ended his heartless policy of separating children from their parents when they illegally crossed our borders. He said it was because he so disliked those separations, but if that were the case, he wouldn’t have chosen to enforce this policy or he would have ended it sooner.

No, he ended it because of the protests from all over America, even from politicians of his own party, perhaps even from members of his family.

Despite the calling off of the separations, we still urge our readers to support the local protests that will take place on Saturday – one in Wilton, organized by Wilton Peace Action, another at Greeley Park in Nashua.

The protests are to “tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents.”

The Wilton demonstration begins at 10 a.m. at the library downtown. The Nashua event begins at 11 a.m.

The event is called “Families Belong Together” and has been organized nationally by, among others, Move On and the American Civil Liberties Union. Regardless of what you think of the nation’s immigration issues, the idea of wrenching children away from their parents you must find appalling.

If you don’t, and you consider yourself an American, we worry about the future of this country.

Oh, some can say that it was the fault of the parents for bringing their children across the U.S. border illegally but what choice did the children have? What were they supposed to do? Was a 3-year-old to tell her mother, “No, mama, I’m not going with you”?

And many of the people trying to get into our country are fleeing threats to their lives in their native countries. What are they supposed to do? Stay there and die?

Some Trumpists would have it that the Obama and Bush administrations did the same thing, but according to FactCheck.org, that’s misleading – there were “some separations” under those administrations “but no blanket policy to prosecute parents and, therefore, separate them from their children.”

Get the difference?

There is something seriously wrong with a national administration that thinks doing this to children is reasonable policy.

Last week, on WGBH-TV’s “Greater Boston,” a psychiatrist, a doctor and an attorney discussed the trauma that was being thrust upon these children, trauma, the experts said, that could last them the rest of their lives.

The show’s host, Jim Braude, recalled an incident when he was 5 years old when he was very briefly separated from his mother at the beach and it is something that still gives him angst when it pops into his head.

“And that was for 5 minutes,” he said.

Now all of that said, we are still appalled by some of the things being done or said in the name of protesting the policy. Those fools who accosted the secretary of homeland security while she was in a restaurant should be ashamed of themselves.

The unAmerican athletes calling for the National Basketball Association to force out former Celtic Kevin McHale because he attended a Trump rally should look in the mirror.

And complete idiots like the actor Peter Fonda, who sent a horrible Tweet about Barron Trump … there’s not much to say about people like that. Of course he aplogized. Such fools always do. Such apologies are meaningless.

What worries us, though, is this: A recent poll showed that nearly 60 percent of all Americans were opposed to separating children from their parents. The frightening part is that this poll showed that the majority of Republicans favored it.

Republicans. The party of family values. Many of these people undoubtedly consider themselves good Christians, but when Christ said, “Suffer the little children,” he didn’t mean make them suffer.

Well, they’ll say, these people broke our immigration law just to escape gang wars and drug lords. Wrench ’em apart. That’ll show ’em how tough we are.

Tough indeed.

We can suffer the little children to be traumatized.

On Saturday, show the world that we are better than that.

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