Trump Immigration

Immigrant children are shown outside a former Job Corps site that now houses them, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Homestead, Fla. It is not known if the children crossed the border as unaccompanied minors or were separated from family members. An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

In 2018, the U.S. government systematically chose to cause trauma to migrant families through actions of family separation as a deterrent.

Although the policy was “stopped,” migrant children have been permanently harmed by these actions.

Over the past 12 months, we have heard continued reports of these same children being forced to be in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. The government has chosen to omit caring, in any humanitarian way, for children who are in need.

Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford have repeatedly supported the Trump administration’s inhumane policy on migrant families while failing during their tenure to enact true immigration reform.

Instead, they've focused on a party agenda geared toward the wealthy.

Four of the five U.S. Oklahoma representatives also continually side with this administration's inhumane policies toward migrant families.

Efforts to withdraw aid from countries in need due to instability and violence has only exacerbated the problem of migrants seeking asylum.

I’ve grown weary of hearing about “Oklahoma values” by those who’ve chosen to tear the very fabric of morality apart in their repeated support of Trump’s racist agenda.

They are contributing to the “neglect of neglect” by failing to act to provide basic human rights to everyone regardless of where they were born.

All Oklahomans need to act now by standing up for our values to honor all of humanity by calling, voting and speaking out publicly against those in office who are neglecting these children.

Editor's Note: Dr. Michael Baxter is a Tulsa pediatrician specializing in child abuse and neglect.

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