editorial.issue.20

A DACA defender.


THEY’RE called bui-doi

The dust of life

Conceived in hell and born in strife

They are the living reminders

Of all the good we failed to do

Because we know

Deep in our heart

That they are our children too.

Above is a stanza from one of the moving songs in the musical play “Miss Saigon.”

It is about the children of Vietnam War, many of whom were left behind by their American military fathers.

We have chosen to highlight the plight of hapless children who are being assaulted both in the Philippines and here in the United States.

Because they are our children too.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child defines child as “a human being below the age of 18 years...”

Wikipedia explains children generally have fewer rights than adults.

Society began to relate to the child not as a miniature adult but as a person of a lower level of maturity needing adult protection, love and nurturing.

In the Philippines, the recent senseless killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos by members of the Philippine National Police in Caloocan City was a direct assault on the rights of a child.

Kian is our child too.

How many more children were killed or will be killed by Filipino police officers in line with the bloody anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte?

In the United States, President Donald Trump cancelled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy promulgated by President Barack Obama.

What can be more violative of children?

DACA was passed under the Obama administration and prevents minors who came to America illegally from getting deported.

Leaders of the Catholic Church in the U.S. are taking a firm stand against President Trump’s decision.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement calling Trump’s actions “reprehensible.”

We join all those who are standing firm against President Trump’s ill-advised and heartless decision because those who will be adversely affected by the cancellation are children.

At the same time, we condemn the killings of children in the Philippines by police as part of President Duterte’s bloody anti-drug war.

Let’s remember, they are our children too.

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