To the editor: Writer weighs in on border separation issue

To the editor,

In regards to the plan of separation of children from their parents at the border, I have these thoughts:

A separation plan needs a companion reunion plan. It is missing. When entering a hospital, a wristband tracks you throughout the process. The hospital can inform your family of your whereabouts, and  it tracks you until your release.

At the border, both parents and children need some sort of connected tracking system, a wristband, fingerprints, photos, DNA, tattoo or an embedded chip (like dogs have).

A daily location chain is needed to show all movements of both parents and children to their current location. Without this, reuniting parents and children becomes hopeless.

When the parents’ fate is determined (deported or released), they need to be reunited with their children. There is no system in place to accomplish this.

It seems to me, the current situation would at least be grounds for charges of child endangerment, and at most, equivalent to kidnapping.

Donald Stephen

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