The recent change in US policy to separate children from their families at the border with Mexico has shocked many of us. Amnesty International has described this practice as ‘torture’. I suggest that cancelling Donald Trump’s planned state visit to the UK is one way that that the British people could indicate a strong position on this matter Youand show moral leadership globally.
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Below you will find the text of the letter I sent to my MP. You are welcome to copy and paste this but your letter may be more effective if you put your feelings and opinions into your own words. Certainly if MPs recieve a number of letters which are clearly copied and pasted it may lessen the impact of those letters. However, if you are pushed for time, do feel free to use, adapt or otherwise make free with my text.
Dear (MP’s Name)
Like the majority of the population of the United Kingdom, regardless of political orientation, I imagine that you are appalled by the recent policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border between the United States of America and Mexico. Amnesty International has labelled this policy ‘torture’ and a wide variety of American citizens have publically decried it.
It is true that we in the UK do not have a right to influence the political decisions and policies of the government of the United States but I hope we could be seen to take a moral standpoint. It seems to me that the planned visit of President Trump to the UK next month gives us an excellent opportunity to express that moral standpoint.
We should not receive Mr Trump in this country until every single child who has been separated from their parents like this is reunited with them. If we don’t signal our utter rejection of this we are condoning wicked flagrant and shameless child abuse in full view of the world.
This would seem to be a topic on which a group of determined backbench MP’s could show considerable moral leadership and have an opportunity to make some serious impact as I believe many members from all parties would support the delay or suspension of the visit on these grounds and that such a suspension, or cancellation, would send a very clear message to the international community.