Law and Order: Thoughts on Separating “Alien Families” [AUDIO]

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Sarah Sanders, John Kelley, and Jeff Sessions on Romans 13

Why is the government doing this?

Because that’s the law
and that’s what the law states.

This is a technique
that no one hopes
will be used extensively
or for very long.

We’re a country of law and order.

Let every soul be subjected
to the higher powers. For there is no power
but God: the powers that be are
ordained by God.

These laws have been
on the books for decades.

We don’t want this to be a problem.
The president has tried to address it
on a number of occasions.

Illegal entry into the United States
is a crime.

It should be.
It must be.

Render there to all their dues:
tribute to whom tribute is due;
custom to whom custom;
fear to whom fear;
honor to whom honor.

It’s the president’s job
to enforce the law.

I thought I’d take a bit
of digression here to discuss
some concerns raised by our church
friends about separation of families.

Orderly and lawful processes
are good in themselves

and protect the weak
and the lawful.

Whosoever therefore resisteth
the power resisteth the ordinance
of God: and they that resist shall
receive to themselves damnation.

It’s a moral policy to follow
and enforce the law.

That’s not what I said. I know
it’s hard for you to understand-
even short sentences, I guess,
but, please don’t take my words
out of context.

I would cite you to the Apostle
Paul and his clear and wise
Command in Romans 13

to obey the laws
of the government

because God has ordained them
for the purpose of order.

Wilt thou then not be
afraid of the power?

I can say it is very biblical
to enforce the law.

I’m trying to be serious here, but I’m not
going to have you yell
out of turn.



U.S. government says nearly 2,000 child separations at Mexico border in under two months [Reuters]
Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families [Washington Post]
Sarah Sanders uses Bible to defend Trump’s child separation policy at border [Global News]

Abigail Carl-Klassen has been published in ZYZZYVA, Cimarron Review, Guernica, Aster(ix) and Post Road. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2015. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas El Paso.

Image of a child climbing the US-Mexico border wall in Brownsville, TX.