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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

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

Charles Davidson: Let all the Good Samaritans of the Earth Come Forth

Let all the Good Samaritans of the earth come forth in such numbers as to overwhelm the wickedness of the Trump administration with a love of God and neighbor so great that all manner of goodness shall prevail.

May 19, 2019 · 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

Ashoka Mukpo: ‘When I Saw Her I Felt My Soul Ache’

An Immigrant Father Is Reunited With His Four-Year-Old Daughter After Nearly 10 Months Apart. Caught at the Border On the day last December when Ricardo and his daughter Luna crossed … Continue reading

October 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Yolanda Parker: I grew up in the segregated South. For me, Supreme Court rulings are personal.

I fear a return to a time when our rights were considered secondary, if at all. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a history of interpreting the law in a way … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: The long-term effects of separating children from their parents

The real tragedy of separating children from their parents will come years from now when the kids suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. These past few days, I’ve been feeling a … Continue reading

August 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

John Feffer — World to Refugees: Go to Hell

Over 22.5 million people have been forced to flee their countries. Last year, less than 200,000 were resettled. It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kavitha Surana: A Baby Was Separated From Her Uncle at the Border. Three Months Later, Her Mother Is Still Trying to Get Her Back.

The case of Liah Ferrera Amaya shows the extensive vetting immigrant families must submit to in order to retrieve their children from U.S. custody — even if it means putting … Continue reading

July 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Christine Rhein: Dear Child

from letters written in Texas by detained, immigrant mothers to their sons and daughters (Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2018)   I write you these words. I miss you so … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: The Holy Family Detained By ICE

. With icy horrors still unfolding for thousands of immigrants trapped in an impossible plight – the Reptile-In-Chief’s new edict: Leave with or without your kids – an Indiana church … Continue reading

July 7, 2018 · 2 Comments

Kavitha Surana: “I Just Want to Tell My Son I Love Him”

Parents held in immigration detention without their kids say the phones barely work and they still don’t know when they will see their children again, almost two weeks after the … Continue reading

July 4, 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

Karen J. Greenberg: A Children’s Gitmo on the Border

Heartless America’s Latest Nightmare By the time Donald J. Trump threw in the towel, who among us hadn’t seen or heard the chilling videos in which U.S. border officials shamelessly … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · 2 Comments

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