Inhuman policy

I wish that my topic was really fake news and not reality. Before I finish this email, I'm likely to have to stop and weep.

While watching cable news, I learned that families - mostly migrant ones, but not all - were sent notices from the U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services to take their sick family members and get out of the country. They had 33 days before they would otherwise be deported. There was no avenue of appeal. A program providing permission for migrants and visitors with visas for medical treatment was ended without warning, and even backdated to Aug. 7 to deny coverage to the most recent applicants who had reason to believe that they could receive medical help.

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Many of the sick are children and are in hospital, receiving life-giving care that they cannot receive in their home countries. Without that care, most will die.

So far, the Trump government has not rethought this change in policy.

What will happen? As families struggle to cope with such monstrous policy imposed upon them, their ailing children will begin to die. Some will be suffering greatly. Will some family members, out of compassion, seek to end that suffering? And at what spiritual cost?

And what about the pain, relived by American and other families who have mourned over their own who have died too young, as they learn about these other children?

I had meant to answer Art Betke on Trump breaking treaties and violating agreements. Typing this took all my energy.

Valerie Breathet

Prince George

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