Emigration is a complex issue. It was the path that we, millions of people, choose to leave our countries while we are dreaming of a better future. In this sense, I always honor the nations that welcomed me with hospitality. We have been fortunate because other millions cannot change geography.

No one should abandon the dream of transforming their destiny, but it is difficult to open all the doors of the world. The doors, speaking in a literal sense, but also metaphorically, are narrow artifacts. They work in the United States, but also in Mexico, with the migratory pressure that comes from South America and Cuba; in the Dominican Republic, with the Haitians; or in Panama, with the Venezuelans. All countries regulate their migratory flows. I prefer to live in a world without borders, but I’m afraid it’s just a utopia.

That said, and understanding that irregular migration is always a source of conflict, we can not remain indifferent to the drama that thousands of children and their families have lived on the border between Mexico and the United States.

Not a few experts consider that President Trump has tried to use the children to force the approval of a customized immigration reform that also reduces legal emigration. It would be intolerable to use children for these purposes.

In this context, it would also be desirable for families to refrain from taking their children on these dangerous journeys. In the past, thousands of Cubans did the same to flee the island and subjected their children to true maritime odysseys, such as the one played by El Balserito Elián González.

As for the drama of the separated families, the United States should look for much more humanistic alternatives, because the first seven years are significant for the development of a child. At those ages, traumas leave personality marks forever. A separation produces fear, desolation, anguish, and this creates a mental tattoo of despair.

Aldous Huxley says that fear casts out love, intelligence and goodness from men “…For in the end fear casts out even a man’s humanity”.

Fortunately, many voices have been raised that make a difference. The United States is a democracy in which public opinion counts. And the humanist society has shouted: Not in that way, Mr. Trump!

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