Seeing Trump through a child’s innocent eyes

I have been a teacher for 22 years, first in East Oakland and now in the San Juan Unified School District.

On the Friday before Election Day, one of my students raised his hand and asked whether Donald Trump would deport Mexicans if he were elected president. I paused and looked at my class of 10-year-olds. Many are immigrants, the children of immigrants, and refugees. They waited for my answer, eyes wide.

“That’s what he said he would do,” I slowly replied, “so we have to assume he will.”

The child began to cry and through tears said: “ ‘But he’ll send my dad back to Mexico and I won’t see him.’ 

The truth, because of Trump’s promise, sours our mouths.

I will never “come together” with some catchpenny reality-show host who makes innocent children live in fear that their daddies will be torn from them in exchange for a few electoral votes.

But I’ll gladly look to the future; 2020 is my new favorite number.

Angela F. Luna is an elementary school teacher in the San Juan Unified School District. Reach her at