That’s is just fucking disgusting!
Courtesy of the Daily Beast:
U.S. government officials recently told four immigrant women that they must pay for DNA tests in order to be reunited with their children, according to the shelter that housed the women.
The tests are the latest ad hoc effort by the Trump administration to reunite families it had separated—in some cases because authorities took documents from adults proving they are related to their children. The tests are being administered by a private contractor on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which oversees the care and housing of children. HHS has refused to name the contractor, which may be a violation of federal law.
“None of them have the money [for the tests], so it’s going to fall back on us to push back on that,” said Ruben Garcia, the director of Annunciation House, an immigrant shelter in El Paso where the women are staying.
Three of the women are mothers of the children, Garcia said, and the fourth is attempting to reunite with her brother, a three and half-year-old boy.
You know part of me just does not want to hear about all of this anymore.
It just keeps taking me to new levels of sadness that I have never quite felt before.
But then I realize that if we stop paying attention if we stop caring, that none of this will ever be fixed.
So we have to take in this sadness, convert it into rage, and then use that to inspire our activism to help bring about change.