Contact Peterson over immigration policies

To the editor:

I was surprised upon receiving Rep. Collin Peterson’s weekly newsletter June 22 to find that our Congressman had not addressed the heinous separation of children from parents seeking asylum or immigration that was mandated by the Trump administration.

Yes, I see that President Trump — who had declared a day before that only Democrats could fix ICE detention of children, including infants and toddlers, without their parents — has rescinded the policy. Blaming this on Democrats demonstrates once again the propaganda of lies through which this administration tricks his base voters.

Trump could have terminated the policy at any time by remanding the rule his administration imposed in the first place. Making a big show of it with an executive order was another move to fool his hapless supporters.

It should also be noted that the biblical quotation Attorney General Jeff Sessions used to support the policy was used to justify slavery in the 19th century.

Moreover, the change in the detention policy is minimal. Families will now be detained together.

But they should not be detained at all for a misdemeanor, which is the “crime” they have committed by coming to the border without a visa. And there is currently no plan in place to reunite more than 2000 children separated from parents.

I call on Rep. Peterson to address this issue directly in a letter to his constituents, stating exactly what he plans to do about it. In his newsletter, he mentions hearing from constituents about immigration, and says something vague about bipartisan reform.

This is not enough for constituents whose tax dollars are paying for intensely cruel treatment — mistreatment that anyone can hear for themselves by listening to tapes of the children screaming, which is widely available on the internet and was first reported by Politico.

Red Cross workers have reported deplorable conditions in the centers. Congress members and the media are not allowed to visit. Melania Trump was photographed wearing a jacket that said “I really don’t care. Do U?” on her way to see one of the detention centers that housed older children.

This is not a fashion gaffe, folks. It was a message to Trump’s voting base, or at least the most callous among them. Immigration policies certainly need to be reformed, but inhumane treatment of refugees from countries where life is too dangerous to remain, in part due to U.S. policies, is so far beneath the standards of most U.S. citizens that it is difficult to comprehend.

I call on my fellow and sister residents of Lyon County to contact Rep. Peterson’s office today to ask for his specific thoughts and plans on what amounts to torture. Here is his information: Washington, DC Office, 2204 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515. Phone: 202-225-2165. Fax: 202-225-1593. Email:

Ruthe Thompson