Of the many crimes against humanity the Trump administration has unleashed on the world, its treatment of immigrant children is the one that hits me the hardest. The separation of children from parents is the worst form of torture, and the fact that my country deliberately set this as a policy in order to terrorize families simply boggles my mind. The fact that we are holding incredibly vulnerable children, alone and frightened, in inhuman conditions, is a sick betrayal of every standard that the richest and self-proclaimed best country must be held to.
Of course, we can fight this politically, by advocating for changes to policies and elected officials, but there are also things we can do to actually directly help these children and their families. The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights protects and advocates for immigrant children, and I wanted to somehow help them, even if it's only in some tiny, Tom the Dancing Bug-sized way.
You can participate by making your donation The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights through this page, but I have to warn you: You might be saddled with a Tom the Dancing Bug original illustration, drawn just for you.
Full details on how you can donate here and win a Tom the Dancing Bug illustration, drawn just for you, can be found at tomthedancingbug.com
If you've read this far, I THANK YOU for even considering donating to help these children. I hope you'll join me.
the son of an unaccompanied minor refugee immigrant