Shakira calls for action to stop separating children from their parents for illegally crossing the border.
Earlier October, lawyers announced that they still had not been able to locate the parents of 545 separated migrant children on the US-Mexico border under the controversial immigration policy of “tolerance zero “from the government administration.
In the recently concluded presidential debate before the November 3 elections, President Donald Trump doubled the treatment of people on the southern border by saying that the children held there “are being looked after so well.”
In a new essay for TIME, the 43-year-old Latin American music superstar Trump proclaimed and urged the US government to amend the policy and law.
“This is not about politics,” writes Shakira. “There is simply no justification for the harm caused to these innocent children, and the people responsible for this cruel policy must be held accountable.” Shakira wrote.
“If there was ever a time to show greater compassion to the immigrants in our communities, it’s right now,” she added. “During a pandemic that has already taken so much from us, immigrants are often the ones who have been on the frontlines, performing the essential work to keep us healthy and safe — often in dangerous conditions and for wages that are far too low. The last thing they deserve is to have their families broken apart.”
The mother-of-two – she shares children Sasha, 5, and Milan, 7, with longtime friend Gerard Piqué – says she “can’t imagine” the emotional toll and heartbreak associated with the children’s separation from their parents.
“As a mother, I think about my youngest son, who is now 5. I think about how he cries for me when he skins his knee and the pain I feel if I am not there to comfort him. Who answers the cries of the children left without their parents?”
“I cannot imagine the pain I would feel not knowing where my son was and whether he was safe, or the fear that these children must endure and the emotional scarring that is inflicted upon them.”
“Every child deserves to have their basic needs met, to receive an education, and to be surrounded by caring and nurturing adults,” she adds. “The trauma that these children are experiencing every second they remain separated from their parents will stay with them for life.”
The Colombian singer concluded that though “speaking up isn’t always easy, especially when one is not an American citizen and can be perceived as an outsider commenting on domestic policies,” American policies set a global precedent.
“Now is not the time to be silent,” Shakira adds.
Joe Biden said Thursday that if elected president, he would create a task force focused on helping hitherto unsuccessful efforts to bring together hundreds of migrant children separated from their families under the Trump administration’s policy.
The Democratic candidate announced a new advertising campaign launched in five fluctuating states, including Florida, Nevada, and Arizona.
The ad says that “on his first day as president, Joe Biden will issue an executive order creating a federal task force to reunite these children with these parents.”
The ad’s targeting – especially in the three states where Hispanics are a notable ballot box and where opinion polls generally leave Donald Trump by narrower margins – the extent to which the Democratic nominee will focus on one of the more controversial policies of the president.
The US elections take place on Tuesday, November 3.