Sometimes the "news of the day" infuriates me. Today, this is true. However, what infuriates me even more is that there are people who defend the treatment of human beings as animals. We can disagree about policy and political party. We can disagree about laws and political practices. We cannot and must not disagree when it comes to the way people are treated. When we begin to treat other humans like they are animals, we are no better than animals.
Let's just say that you believe someone who illegally enters the United States has broken a law. Ok - I will give you that. However, have you considered the reasons why they are running away from their own countries? Sure, there may be some (a VERY small percentage) who come to the United States with the wrong intentions or reasons. This is a small percentage. The overwhelming majority of people who come to the United States (legally or illegally) are coming because they seek to live better lives for their families...and more often than not it is for their children.
Would you disagree with that desire?
Imagine for a moment you were born in a different country and you did not have the same opportunities you have today. I know that some will say - I came from nothing and I worked hard, very hard to become the successful person I am today. True - but if you were born in the United States, you already were born with more privileges and opportunities than those that seek to move here.
Would you want people who live in the United States to turn you down and force you back to the "hell" you came from? Would it be ok if your children were taken from you and placed in cages like animals?
I am not one to invoke the memory of the Holocaust. This catastrophic episode in human history is in a "category of its own." However, there are some scary similarities to pre-Holocaust Germany and the United States of 2018.
Human beings - no matter where they are from - should be treated as human beings. Period.
It does not matter if you are a democrat, republican, libertarian or not affiliated with any party. It does not matter if you are black, white, Hispanic, Asian or anything else. It does not matter if you are a man, woman, trans man, trans woman or if you do not identify with a gender. It does not matter if you are young, old or young at heart.
What does matter is that human beings are being treated like animals. Children are being treated like animals. Legal or not legal - these are human beings being treated like dogs/beasts. No prophet or religious leader - not Moses, Jesus, Muhammad or any other would approve or agree that their words justify this kind of disgusting action.
What does matter is that as human beings (not as Americans) we recognize and understand that every other human being on earth deserves to be treated as a human being.
There is no justification or reasoning that validates this behavior. Period.
I am a husband, father and rabbi - just trying to help to make the world a better place!