This lesson engages students in an exploration of issues of justice and civic reflection. According to the Washington Post, “The Trump administration separated at least 5,500 children from their parents along the border between July 2017 and June 2018 in an attempt to deter migration.” Over 500 families have yet to be reunited. On February 2, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order that created a task force to reunite the remaining families. The guiding questions for the lesson are:
What were the short and long-term impacts of the family separation policy?
What would need to happen to bring justice for the victims? What needs to happen for there to be justice in society after government ordered family separations?
What kinds of actions can be taken so such crimes are not repeated?