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Talk about the ghost of Dick Dowling!

Remember when folks were celebrating a year or so ago when the City of H-Town City Council changed the street name from Dowling to Emancipation Avenue. Who would have thought that a facility on Emancipation Avenuewould now house incarcerated kids who were taken from their families? This is today’s America, folks!

Here are some statements from folks who represent 419 Emancipation:

State Representative Carol Alvarado:

On this Father’s Day, my heart goes out to the children and families who have been separated because of a cruel and inhumane policy implemented by the Trump administration. We are a nation of compassion. We are better than this.

My legislative district has now been selected as a site where many of these children will be placed. Years from now, when these children have grown up, some of them will ask how Houstonians responded during their time of confinement here.

These children need our support. Stay strong.

State Senator Sylvia Garcia:

Now is the time to gather together to stop this baby jail before a single child seeking refuge is locked up in our city. The Trump administration has made it clear that it will rip children away from their parents despite legal and child development experts telling them that it is unnecessary and known to cause lifelong harm. No law requires this. Humanity demands compassion. We must say as a community with one voice that jailing children away from their parents is wrong, it should not happen anywhere, and we as Houstonians will not allow it to happen here. Not now. Not ever.

Houston City Council Member Robert Gallegos:

While the City was not involved in the decision or notified beforehand, we will advocate for these children and do all we can to ensure they are cared for with compassion and dignity. Children should be with their families, not warehoused in a detention center hundreds of miles away from their parents. The Trump administration’s inhumane policy of separating families is shameful and goes against the very values our nation was founded on. Congress has failed on immigration reform so many times before. But now, more than ever, lawmakers must seize this moment to pass legislation to end this unnecessary policy and protect children.

Here is from former First Lady Laura Bush Sunday’s Op-Ed:

Recently, Colleen Kraft, who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics, visited a shelter run by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. She reported that while there were beds, toys, crayons, a playground and diaper changes, the people working at the shelter had been instructed not to pick up or touch the children to comfort them. Imagine not being able to pick up a child who is not yet out of diapers.

Here is all of First Lady Bush’s Op-Ed: https://www.chron.com/opinion/article/Laura-Bush-Separating-children-from-their-13002381.php.

I wonder what is the over/under on when Donald Trump will unload on former First Lady Laura Bush.

Commentary has been to more than my share of marches, vigils and protests. Yesterday’s gathering at 419 Emancipation was different. We’ve protested apartheid, for farmworkers, for civil and voting rights – you get the picture. Yesterday’s was a first. For kids being snatched from their parents. Somber doesn’t even come close to describing yesterday. It was downright sad and disgusting. Nobody seemed to be bothered by the pouring rain, that’s how bad it felt.

When I first learned Friday night that the children who were separated from their parents at the border would be housed in a facility down the street form The Yard, my first reaction was “What?”

Around ten minutes later, I thought well at least they won’t be in tents in 100 degree weather.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was inevitable that H-Town would be brought in to be front and center in this war against hate and racism. After all, we do have one of the largest immigration populations in the country and we are one of the more diverse cities in the world. Like it or not, it is our fight.

Remember, this Trump policy is wholeheartedly supported by Sen. Ted Cruz. What do the other local GOPers running for office have to say?

So here we are.

Don’t hold back.


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