Letters to the Editor

We need a better solution to separation

I’m deeply troubled by the separation of children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

As a teacher of 25 years to children, birth to 5, I see loving parents drop their children off on their way to work. These parents trust me with their child. These children know me. They know I’ll feed them, teach them, play with them and love them. Images of children crying for their parents are terrible. Something has to be done to avoid irreparable traumatic damage to these kids.

While President Trump has signed an executive order revising his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents, it doesn’t address the more than 2,300 separated.

If the administration won’t do that on its own, Congress must act to put the best interests of kids first. Fortunately, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Jerrold Nadler have proposed legislation — the Keep Families Together Act, supported by Rep. Dave Loebsack — that calls for reunification. It also would make it law that kids can’t be unnecessarily separated from their families. This bill requires training for staff in childhood trauma and child development, critical to ensuring these children get the care they need, especially if they are in a dangerous situation.

I urge Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst and Reps. David Young, Rod Blum and Steve King to support the Keep Families Together Act. America always has been a beacon of hope and refuge — that makes America great.

Dana Rohrssen

Cedar Rapids

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