For nearly a month, the media has given around the clock coverage to the policy of separating children from parents being prosecuted for illegally entering the country. Politicians have taken advantage of the continuous coverage by grandstanding and pandering for votes, but neither have said much, if anything, about the same type of treatment happening to American citizens.
Across America, innocent families are having their children ripped from their homes, often times without much of an explanation and without due process.
According to the National Coalition for Child Protection, “The number of children separated from their parents at the border since April is almost equal to the number taken by U.S. child protective services (CPS) every three days.”
In many of these cases it is necessary for CPS to act, but it is not rare for children to be torn from innocent parents.
In 2016, the Sun Herald newspaper ran a six-part investigation into Mississippi’s child protection system. They reported, “About 78.3 percent of all reports of child maltreatment investigates are ultimately deemed unsubstantiated — meaning the children are not victims of child abuse or neglect. Still, roughly 21 percent of those non-abused, non-neglected children are taken into state custody.”
This equates to one child of every five children investigated and determined to not be a victim is still taken from his or her parents.
The newspaper’s investigation told the story of several families affected by this flawed system, including the Berry family, who had their five children removed after the state received an anonymous complaint. In court, they learned their crime was teaching their eight year old son how to work the microwave and expecting their six year old daughter to do an hour of homework each night.
The Berry’s eventually regained custody of their five children, but not without emotional consequences. A report by Professors Vivek Sankaran and Christopher Church of the University of Pennsylvania showed children and parents can suffer long term harm from even the briefest of separation.
Stories like this are happening throghout the nation.
While the separations of illegal immigrant families continue to grasp at our attention, we should also take steps to pressure our politicians to look at the policies allowing CPS to rip apart American families.
WATCH: Parents who feel that Child Protective Services has been compromised by corrupt and/or incompetent judges picketed outside of the San Francisco Superior Court in California.