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Americans Need to Face the Horror That Undocumented Children Have Experienced

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  • Confronting the trauma that the immigrant children have gone through is imperative in any discussion of what to do with them.
  • Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

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AP6166940087-train-through-mexico-590.jpgA young boy is helped down from the top of a freight car, as Central Americans board a northbound freight train in Ixtepec, Mexico. AP/Eduardo Verdugo

Jul 18, 2014 | American flags and “Return to Sender” posters festooned the recent anti-immigrant demonstrations in the small Southern California town of Murrieta. The mostly white protesters practically frothed at the mouth at the idea of bus loads of brown children and women being processed at a facility in their midst.

The numbers of unaccompanied children coming to the U.S. primarily from Central American countries such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have increased significantly, with 50,000 having crossed into the States since October, some as young as 6 years old.

Sonali Kolhatkar is the host and producer of KPFK Pacifica’s popular morning drive time program Uprising, based in Los Angeles, California. She is a Truthdig contributor.

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Related:

Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border, Lia G. Melikian, ACLU.org / Rise Up Times

  • sign-btn.png To sign a petition calling for President Obama to provide legal counsel to all children facing deportation, click here.
  • When will this insanity end?

 

WTF Is Wrong With Americans?

This Guy Nails It.

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Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

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Lia G. Melikian, ACLU.org / Rise Up Times

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blog-iceabuse-500x280.pngJuly 30, 2014 | As Congress debates how to respond to children's migration from Central America, we must not forget that Customs and Border Protection is in dire need of improved oversight and accountability. Here are three examples of how the system is failing and what the ACLU is doing to help:

  1. Sergio, 15, was fatally shot in the face by a Border Patrol agent because he was allegedly throwing rocks at the agent across the border. His family sued the U.S. government, denying that Sergio threw anything, but the district court held that because Sergio was a noncitizen on the Mexican side of the border when he was killed he had no constitutional rights.

Lia G. Melikian: Customs and Border Protection, ACLU.org

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When will this insanity end? Mazin QumsiyehHuman Rights Newsletter

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Just in case you're angry about the three Israeli kids kidnapped (and you should be) but are unaware that our media isn't telling anything like the whole story. The things included here go on all the time, every damned day, but U.S. media entirely ignores almost all of it.  In this country, Palestinian kids, or just Palestinian lives, seem to have no value. -- Jim Fuller

 

Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty

  • The Kids Count survey follows the publication in April of Feeding America’s annual report, which showed that one in five children live in households that do not regularly get enough to eat. 
  • Chris Hedges | Pity the Children

Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site

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kiddies.jpg23 July 2014 | Nearly one in four children in the United States lives in a family below the federal poverty line, according to figures presented in a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A total of 16.3 million children live in poverty, and 45 percent of children in the US live in households whose incomes fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

Andre Damon: national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US)

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Related:

Chris Hedges | Pity the Children, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

  • War brings with it a host of horrors, but the worst is what it does to children. The suffering of the young, perpetrated by those who carry weapons, exposes war’s demented pathology. 
  • The Great Human Delusion: All Parents Love their Children

 

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