Editor, Townsman:

Following the results of the election and looking forward to the next four years, it’s important our nation doesn’t repeat the devastating mistakes of the last four years, especially when it comes to the treatment of children and families at our southern border.

Over the past four years, we’ve witnessed harmful actions the federal government has taken, such as separating children from their families – resulting in 545 children with missing parents – and incarcerating toddlers in an effort to frighten and deter fellow migrants and asylum seekers.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has been used to expand anti-immigrant policies and close our southern border to children and families fleeing violence. Thousands of children have been expelled from our country without due process or regard for their health and safety.

Shamefully, the U.S. immigration system now delivers punishment, rather than protection. Immigrant children – the most vulnerable of all – have suffered most.

Join me and Save the Children Action Network in urging the new Biden administration to fulfill its campaign promises to end family separation, reunify families, address the root causes of migration, protect the safety and wellbeing of immigrant children and find compassionate alternatives to detention.

Children, no matter where they are from, deserve to be safe.

A new administration offers our nation the opportunity to rebuild a stronger, child-centric asylum and immigration system, and to correct past wrongs. Nothing is more important.

Arnav Bhakta

Andover

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