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Harry Blain: American Concentration Camps

When human beings are framed as a national security threat, barbed wire is the next logical step. But unlike during the Japanese internment, today there’s high-level political resistance.

July 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ginger Thompson: A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children

With the agency under fire for holding children in deplorable conditions and over racist and misogynistic Facebook posts, one agent speaks about what it’s like to do his job. “Somewhere down the line people just accepted what’s going on as normal.”

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan: Abolish Migrant Child Jails Now

Debating the fate of jailed migrant children is important, but the life-and-death crisis that they have been thrown into demands immediate action.

July 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

Claudia Castro Luna: To the Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S — This is my Wish for You

“That your days may soon change, that the love your parents and relatives feel for you glow inside you to give you strength.” Dear Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S., … Continue reading

December 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

How to Treat a Stranger in Need: A Moral Response to the Migrant Caravans

By Rabbi Ted Falcon & Pastor Don Mackenzie & Imam Jamal Rahman Throughout history, the biblical story of Exodus has inspired people around the world fleeing persecution. Migrants fleeing persecution and violence in their … Continue reading

November 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Amnesty International: Twenty-Nine Families Ordered Released from Dilley Detention Center

WASHINGTON – In an extraordinary move, twenty-nine families seeking a better life have been ordered released from the South Texas Family Residential Center in the town of Dilley, including Gloria … Continue reading

November 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On the Migrant “Army” of Poor Brown People — This Comes From Hunger

The caravan passes by sympathetic Mexicans. Photo by Moises Castillo/AP . As a battered procession of up to 7,000 hungry, thirsty, blistered, desperate Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty continues … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Henry Giroux: Trump’s act of state terrorism against children

State terrorism comes in many forms, but one of its most cruel and revolting expressions is when it is aimed at children. Even though U.S. President Donald Trump backed down … Continue reading

July 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Arun Gupta: 15 Actions That Can Shut Down Trump’s Assault on Immigrant Families

Thwarting Donald Trump’s war on immigrants and dismantling the vast deportation machine is possible. It won’t be easy, but it has to be done. Simply put, Trump’s plan is ethnic … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · 5 Comments

Sarah Bilston: Breaking Up Families? America Looks Like a Dickens Novel

It’s 2018, but it sure feels like 1834.  ‘Please sir, may I have some more?’ James Mahoney’s illustration for chapter one of Dickens’s ‘Adventures of Oliver Twist.’ (Image: Public domain) … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dr. Eva-Maria Simms: Under International Law, Children Have The Right To Be With Their Families

Over the past weeks, we have seen horrific pictures of children separated from their parents and detained in tents and holding pens. Politicians justify this by claiming that they are enforcing … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · 4 Comments

Jenne’ Andrews: Donald Trump’s Long Train of Abuses and Usurpations

The unspeakable anguish which the rogue president is personally perpetrating on refugee children and parents on our southwestern border is only the most recent egregious and intolerable of his sins … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

Ann Fisher-Wirth: Prayer

Let the mothers rush toward their babies and wrap their arms around them tight enough to hold back even the sea if it would harm them.   Let the anguish … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · 1 Comment

Marcelo Rochabrun: The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children

Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States. The Trump administration plans to stop accepting refugee … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

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