Linda and Richard Eyre: How pulling families apart pulled us together

As we reflect back on the horrible situation of separating kids from their parents at the Mexican border that has played out over the past few months, we see one silver lining for a country that is increasingly divided and contentious.

It shows that our country as a whole is still united and unpolitical when it comes to families and to our strong feelings about the importance and sacredness of the bond between parents and their children.

We can be divided and polarized on everything from guns to environment and from health care to tax policy. But when it comes to things related to the most basic institution of society — to our families and the importance of the relationship between kids and their moms and dads — we are pretty united.

When we see images of kids crying out for their moms or being pulled in one direction while their parents are taken in another, we know that it is wrong. And when we see moms and dads taking care of their children and of each other and families laughing and loving together, we know that it is right. No one has to know anyone’s politics or party to decide if we agree.

For once, you could flip back and forth between MSNBC and Fox News and hear the talking heads saying the same thing — that whatever our laws are, there is a higher law when it comes to taking kids away from their parents.

It is morally and culturally and practically wrong to separate children from their parents, which is the flip side of the fact that it is important and right for parents and kids to be together and for us to understand that families are the most basic and fundamental unit of society.

This may be the one issue where we …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

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