ITHACA, N.Y. – In an open letter addressed to the separated children at the country’s borders on Friday, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick called out members of the current administration for their actions leading to children being kept in cages and parents not knowing the whereabouts of their kids.

The letter addressed the recent controversy surrounding an immigration strategy enacted by the Trump administration allowing children to be separated from parents crossing the southern United States border illegally. Families legally seeking asylum have also been separated at the border.  While President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday reversing the policy, it has been reported that nearly 2,400 children have already been displaced from their families since early May.

“I’ve never been so convinced that the people in charge right now don’t care,” Myrick wrote. “President Trump doesn’t care. My Congressman Tom Reed doesn’t care. If they did they would have never ordered the atrocious treatment of these children — forcibly separated from their parents — in the first place.”

Following President Trump’s Executive Order, families will no longer be separated but will be detained together at the border for an indefinite period of time.

Myrick called Tom Reed out in his letter following a statement the congressman released on Tuesday.

“We care about these children being separated from their parents,” Reed wrote in a press release. “These kids are unfortunate bystanders to a long-standing epidemic of weak border security and outdated laws. Congress must act in this week’s immigration reform bill to change the law so that children are not ripped from their parents’ arms, but provided a fair and compassionate solution to this heart-wrenching issue.”

Myrick used the letter to discuss immigrant heritage in the U.S., bringing up migrant families who may be seeking refuge, families who move here to work across the nation, and the millions of people today who are descendants of migrant families.

“I am writing directly to you today because, unlike this administration, we care about those most acutely impacted by this atrocity,” Myrick wrote. “We want to ensure you – and our friends and neighbors who live in fear of profiling, marginalization, arrest, or deportation in our communities today – that there are progressive leaders working hard to restore the soul of our country.”

To read the letter in its entirety, click here.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.