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Friday, July 20, 2018

Mr. Rogers And Parents At The Border

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


In these warm Ohio months, when my daughter was an infant, I’d strap her into the stroller most evenings and take her for a long walk before bedtime.

One neighbor, just a few houses down, had his own evening habit of dragging his hose with a rotating sprinkler to the edge of his lawn and aiming it toward the grass across the sidewalk — an aquatic thumbing of the nose to us pedestrians, if you will. Every time, I waited for the arc of water to return to his lawn before I whisked the stroller past.…

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Getting Trapped In The Donald’s Cuckoo Nest

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Ours is, after all, a nation of laws, right? We value justice and we believe everyone has a right to have their day in court. Right?

But what if the Court is turned into a loony bin and the law itself becomes a mockery of justice? Welcome to the federal immigration courts struggling to deal with the loopiness of Trump’s impetuous and imperious “zero tolerance” decree that all asylum seekers will be jailed and prosecuted as criminals, set for deportation back to the horrors they were fleeing.

How insane has it become? Toddlers, separated from their parents by Trump’s border guards, are being ordered into court to defend themselves against deportation.…

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Video: Audiotape Girl Finally Reunited With Immigrant Mom

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

Watch the 6-Year-Old Salvadoran Girl Heard on a Secret Recording Out of a Border Patrol Detention Facility Finally Being Reunited With Her Mom

HOUSTON — Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid walked out of a Houston airport early this morning to cheers, holding her mother’s hand, one month after they were separated at a Border Patrol detention facility and the 6-year-old’s voice was captured in an audio recording, begging for a phone call. A van pulled up, and Jimena sat on her mother’s lap in the backseat. She looked out through a window and waved at a handful of reporters, beaming.

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