Go Home and Get in Line

Helen, a five-year-old from Honduras, was detained by the Trump Administration.

Go home and get in line. That’s this writer’s most stark memory of a Tom McClintock town hall early last year. And that’s one of the reasons I’m so committed to ending Tom McClintock’s reign as our representative.

Last year, when an activist and a Dreamer asked her representative Tom McClintock about his harsh anti-immigrant policy and where it left her and other Dreamers, who have only ever known the U.S. as a home, he told her to go home and get in line. His heartless response ignores the fact that our immigration system is broken, that — especially in this time of Trump — there is no “line” for immigrants in most countries, that if she had returned home, she would never have been able to come back. It is this attitude about immigrants that leads to the cruelty we’re seeing today. This is a picture of a “signature” of a five year old girl, who fled violence in Honduras with her family, only to be ripped from her grandmother’s arms after they arrived in Texas. This child, prompted by government officials, signed away her legal right to a hearing to evaluate her request for asylum. Her family was able to get her back only after a well-publicized campaign to find and free her from the government’s clutches — with extensive legal support — but she is only one of many children trapped in a cruel policy created by this administration. She is one of the lucky ones.

Tom McClintock fully supports the administration’s harsh anti-immigrant policies, including the family separation that is a hallmark of evil. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.