Today, on Father’s Day, we celebrate families.
Families come in all shapes and sizes and, you know… I’m actually at a loss for words here. At least 2,000 children have been forcibly taken from their parents on the US-Mexico border since late April. Trump has implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy on people crossing, even if they are seeking asylum.
Families, no matter how you define them, aren’t a political gambit. Forcibly separating children from their parents isn’t ok. It’s just not. It’s inhuman and cruel.
We keep hearing accounts of children beside themselves with fear because they don’t know where their parents are - and stories of parents, mothers, and fathers, without an idea of where their children are. We’ve heard of one Honduran man who killed himself in detention after his child was taken from him; what a stark contrast to the Fatherhood messages of today’s holiday.
Ok, now that we’ve gotten that off our chest, how about a photo of family and fact from an I-10 roadside attraction in California.
We grabbed this moment at the Cabazon Dinosaur Park. At the park, one can, among other things, climb into the mouth of a 65-foot-tall T-Rex. This photo is about family and fathers - our country must do better.
Cabazon, California. May 2018.