Editor: As a child of immigrants, I was raised by parents who came to this country for a better opportunity. So as someone going off to college thanks to these opportunities, it makes me sick the way immigrant children are being held in a detention center akin to campsin unsanitary and unsafe conditions. My faith as a Muslim reminds me: “And do not forget to do good to one another” (Quran 2:238). But it seems like our leaders forgot their humanity.
According to the 1980 Refugee Act, one can seek asylum if they are facing persecution due to “membership in a particular social group” should be allowed asylum. These same people often cross into those who are fleeing to the US due to poverty as persecution from rejecting or trying to escape gangs can lead to fewer opportunities for jobs. As Dara Lind of Vox explained, this clearly states that “It’s legal to seek asylum without papers, and the US government is obligated under international law not to send anyone back to a country where they are at risk.”
So where is our morality? Why are we treating children in this way? The only difference between me and those kids and teens locked up is that they are placed in a highly dangerous situation where all the odds are against them because we are forcing those odds on them.
Leeza Ahmed, South Riding