BAR HARBOR– Indivisible MDI hosted a vigil on Friday, June 1 as part of a non-violent National Day of Action for Children in response to the growing number of children and youth separated from their immigrant families at the border or their homes by current immigration policies.
A recently enacted Federal policy directs border agents to separate children from parents, even when potential immigrants present themselves at official crossing points to seek asylum. Ring after ring of paper figures circled the lawn around the gazebo at the Green. There were 698 paper figures of many shapes and sizes—the number of real children separated from their parents at the border and placed in government custody in just the first 13 days after the policy was enacted. Even children as young as 18 months old have been torn from their parents’ arms. Parents do not know the whereabouts of their children, and children only know that they are not with their parents. The United Nations classifies the forced separation of parents and children as torture.
Those who attended the Bar Harbor event spoke against this inhumane policy and called for its denunciation by members of Congress and our faith communities.