Louisville, Kentucky — The Intercept has recently published a stunning exposé which shows that the federal government used a private security contractor to gather intelligence on widespread family separation protest last year. Define American Executive Director Ryan Eller, who serves on the coordinating committee for the Families Belong Together coalition, said the following:
This government has separated thousands of families at our southern border. Small children are being sexually abused, dying in detention, and have been terrifyingly abducted from their parents. At the moment, the government cannot reunite these children with their parents because they have lost them.
Speaking out against injustice has always defined who we are as Americans. U.S. government surveillance on activists such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez is an old story. But that this particular administration has the audacity to spend time and resources doing anything other than reuniting these children with their families is beyond shameful. It proves that the administration is more interested in the optics of the political fight and not at all interested in reuniting these families.
The Families Belong Together coalition, which included protests in over 600 cities across the U.S. on June 30, 2018, was one of the most massive, single-day mobilizations of pro-immigrant people in U.S. history. It should not scare our government that so many Americans stood up for American values, including keeping families together. The government did get one thing right though: widespread support across the nation for immigrant families IS scary to those who support white nationalism.