The Lost Children

This week, the Israeli Defense Forces released its statistics on their humanitarian efforts at the border with Syria. To date, approximately 5,800 Syrians, including hundreds of children, were treated or are currently being treated by the Israeli government free of charge. This has been happening ever since the civil war broke out in Syria seven years ago. They are to be commended for maintaining Israel’s security while assisting their neighbors with whom she is still technically at war.

Last week, the US government admitted that they “lost” over 2,047 children in the process of removing them from their parents who were seeking asylum in the US. This staggering number is an admission whose accuracy cannot be verified at all because the White House does not think it is very important to care what happens to “illegal” children attempting to enter the country, even though asylum-seekers are entirely within their rights to ask and receive permission to live in the US. The American government did not even bother to distinguish illegal immigrants from asylum-seekers in their haste to arrest and incarcerate any, and all families.

Even with the large numbers of unconscious and injured Syrian children who arrive at the border, here is the odd thing: to date, not one Syrian child has been lost in the confusion or shuffle to get them humanely treated by IDF doctors or taken to hospitals inside Israel. When injured children show up at the border in the dead of night with a parent or family member, they are triaged. They are not separated with the adult being kept in confinement or immediately returned to Syria. They do not take the child and give it up for adoption once inside Israel’s borders; yet this is what is happening to healthy babies and children who have been arrested by Customs and border police upon crossing the American border.

In the US, numerous stories from distraught parents who have no idea where their children are have already been lied to by border agents and told their children would be placed for adoption even as they themselves are deported. This heinous practice merely illustrates the cruelty of the current Administration’s policies. The fact that it is also unconstitutional seems not to matter to them. Nor do they even wonder why the babies and children of a Honduran asylum-seeker, having arrived at the Texas border are now filling “foster homes” and facilities clear across the country in Michigan and other states.

The fact that there are two separate agencies responsible for the welfare and health of illegals entering the country seems to be lost on the Administration. They did not establish any ground rules for confining so many individuals, no matter their age or status, and thus, both claim ignorance as to the current location of so many children.
Sadly, we will have to await a new government, post-election to have Congressional hearings and much-ignored oversight in place to get to the bottom of the matter. What is obvious is that the America these immigrants wanted to escape to in safety is not the America they thought it was once they arrived here. In its current form, our country is unrecognizable to freedom-seekers. The abuse of babies and children held as pawns in a government policy is not confined merely to them. The harm caused to our Constitution is just as bad and as difficult to remedy as re-establishing families torn asunder by cruel American officials and their abusive policies.

About the Author
Rachel Grenadier was an olah from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2003 who returned to the United States in 2015. She really wanted to stay in Israel, but decided that having family members nearby was better for her health than a bunch of devoted, but crazed, Israeli friends who kept telling her hummous would cure her terminal heart condition. She has her B.A. and M.A. from George Mason University in Virginia and is the author of two books: the autobiographical "Israeli Men and Other Disasters" and "Kishon: The Story of Israel's Naval Commandoes and their Fight for Justice". She is now living in Virginia with her three Israeli psychologically-challenged cats and yet, denies being a "hoarder".
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