Summer Camp: August 1, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

At 8:30 this morning, I dropped my kid off at summer camp. Slathered in sunscreen, in his bathing suit despite some ominous clouds, he very happily skipped into the building, proudly toting his new Pikachu lunchbox. He’ll spend the day running around in sprinklers, digging in the sandbox, and maybe doing some coloring or something.

Sometime between 4:30 and 5, I’ll pick him up. They will very happily release him to me, his mom.

There will be no traumatic multi-day separation – I’ll get him about eight-and-a-half-hours after I drop him off. I will not spend my day in fear that I can’t get him back, and he knows he’ll see me this afternoon. Neither of us are concerned about being sent back to countries where we live in daily fear of violence (although I suppose we could make the argument that we live in one already.) If he’s feeling sad, one of his teachers can hug him. He will not be spending his day in a cage. No one will force feed him psychotropic drugs without my consent.

Given these differences, I fail to see how a comparison made by top ICE official Matthew Albence, is apt. “What are ICE detention centers like?” he was asked. ““More like a summer camp,” was his reply.

I assume, then, that Albence will be sending his own children to these centers next summer.



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