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by Oscar J. Benavidez

Fair and just societies protect children. The Trump administration’s unconscionable practice of separating children from their families at the border between Mexico and the United States is making me rethink what kind of society I live in.

The images and the stories are heartbreaking.

In an effort to deter families from migrating to the United States, reports say the Department of Homeland Security is now taking children as young as 12 months from their undocumented immigrant parents at the border. Customs officers arrest the parents and send them to detention centers to await trial. Their children are placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement without any clear plan to reunite them with their parents.

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