I’ve been thinking of making this blog less formal and more interactive. So, I’ll be adopting a style of writing that communicates directly to the emotions of my blog readers.
The girls in the picture are child immigrants. These young girls escape the terrible life and circumstances in their countries, seeking a safer life and opportunities in the United States. They are from Central American countries; El Salvador, Honduras, Guyana, Guatemala… These girls are trying to escape the murders, sexual and physical violence against women, rape, child prostitution, human trafficking in their countries. They often come into the U.S unaccompanied, this shows how desperate and hopeless these girls feel.
Young girls, mostly under 15, fleeing their countries alone and seeking refuge wherever they can find it. Their young minds tell them – United States, and they are determined to get there at all cost, they are determined to get a better life. The very saddening thing is that most of them get raped, maltreated, tortured as they try to make their escape and not all of them end up reaching their safe dreamland- The United States. The risks these girls take shows their level of desperation.
The Very Big Question is: Is it Justifiable for the U.S to send these girls back? Sending them back to their hopelessness and misery, after all the risks they have taken and all the sufferings they have endured is like sending them back to their deaths. Some of these girls even arrive the U.S pregnant as a result of being raped by men who took advantage of their vulnerability on their journey. Let’s bring in our human conscience into play here… Just look at that picture, does that seem like a safe place for young girls to sleep? These girls are risking their lives to get a safer place to grow up.
Recently, U.S House Republicans announced that they couldn’t come to an agreement on a $657M emergency immigration funding package, which has now restricted President Obama’s executive authority to end the deportation of undocumented minors raised in the US and rescinded a 2008 law designed to combat sex trafficking by giving minors from Central America the right to a court hearing before deportation. On this, I support Ana Christina da Silva Iddings opinion that ‘Girl immigrants crossing the US border often survived rape and abuse. They’ve got more courage than most of Congress’
The Congress, it seems is putting politics before considering the plight of these young, vulnerable girls. Are they trying to say that the U.S would rather spend millions of dollars funding the Israeli military and Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ rather than save hundreds of young girls who have been through life threatening experiences? I’m however not so surprised, because thousands of people are dying in Gaza and they prefer to close their eyes to it, speaking only out of necessity and hypocrisy.