Pharaoh’s Family Separation Policy: A Midrash

This midrash was written in a wonderful class taught by Sabrina Sojourner at the National Havurah Institute in July 2018.  We had just gotten home from a trip, organized by the American Federation of Teachers to include religious leaders, teachers, and activists to Tornillo, Texas, on the border between El Paso and Mexico, where children, separated from their parents after crossing the border, were being held by our government.

From “locals” who live in El Paso, we were told that in Tornillo, where our government has just shipped thousands of migrant children to tent cities in the dark of night along with the detention center that has housed “kidnapped” children for months now, the drinking water is tainted, much like the water in Flint, MI. As Michael Moore said in his movie Fahrenheit 11/9, that’s one way to get rid of people you don’t want in your country…

One comment on “Pharaoh’s Family Separation Policy: A Midrash

  1. Bobby5000 on

    The criticism of these policies is justified, but note the following.

    1. As to DACA, a bipartisan immigration bill was proposed that would legalize the status of many in the U.S. However, Democrats said, we’d rather criticize Trump than achieve meaningful immigration reform.

    2. Illegal immigration was a serious problem for many particularly, historically disadvantaged Afro-Americans. Some Afro-American were janitors for large companies making decent wages. With illegal immigration, the companies found an easy way to save money. A third party would set up a company, hire illegals, and offer cleaning services at an absurdly low price. If an Afro-American questioned working conditions or the calculation of hours, many companies found they were easily replaced with illegals who would work long hours, be paid substandard wages and not complain.

    3. Some complaints are justified. But many lose their credibility with repetitive criticism of Trump. Black unemployment was double digit under Obama and teenage black unemployment over 40%; Trump ushered in the lowest unemployment rates in 50 years, reducing reliance on food stamps, and helping moderate income workers.
    This is ignored, and if someone will criticism Trump on everything, the cry wolf problem obviously occurs.

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