Unless you’ve shut off the news and all social media this past month, you are aware of our president’s policy that has separated children from parents as families cross our southern border. Regardless of your stance on the morality and legality of the practice, one thing is for certain: the blame game has taken over our discourse. Those who support the president’s policy blame previous administrations for the law that forces the trauma upon these immigrants, and they feel sorry for the way President Trump is being vilified. Those who don’t support the policy blame those who voted for President Trump, and they are outraged by the human rights violations. All this blaming, however, is distracting us from the main concern: the children who have been separated from their parents and the parents who are frantic to be reunited with them.

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss the way our public discourse has become about winning and sides rather than solving a crisis that is traumatizing real families and real children. Is it possible for us to set politics aside? Is it possible to embrace empathy for families that see this dangerous way as the only option open to them? Is it possible to solve the humanitarian crisis first and fix blame later? All these questions and more are covered. Listen in, then continue the conversation on Twitter @PersuasionCAPC or in the CAPC members-only community on Facebook.

More to Read from Persuasion Episode 140:

World Relief

The Justice Conference

Asylum Seekers, Family Separation, and Political OrderThe Gospel Coalition

Why Children Aren’t Behaving, And What You Can Do About It, NPR

Theme music by Maiden Name.


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