On Kids In Cages (Still)


Art reflecting the "textbook strategy of domestic violence" that is Trump's family separation. Getty Images.

One year after the Billion Dollar Loser launched a cruelly pointless, state-sanctioned kidnapping of migrant children at the southern border, lawmakers awoke this week to an art installation on the Capitol Hill lawn featuring a child in a cage and an anguished mother in a foil blanket reaching out to him as a protest against the ongoing horrors. The artwork, a joint project by Paola Mendoza and advocacy group Families Belong Together, appeared May 7, the anniversary of the announcement by evil elf Jeff Sessions of a "zero-tolerance" policy that led to over 2,800 children being ripped from their families. Because things can always get worse, it turned out thousands more were likely separated before the policy was made public and that the goons were so inept they didn't know how to reconnect children to their parents. And while public outrage and a court order forced the regime to halt the atrocities last June, advocates say hundreds of families continue to be ripped apart - 40 a month in Texas and dozens each day in California, some as young as 18 months, with all the pervasive, long-term trauma that experts say will result.


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This week's installation of the distraught figures, which many Democratic legislators visited, represents a howl of righteous rage at an administration that "willingly instigated a reign of terror.” Jess Morales Rocketto, the head of Families Belong Together, said the project seeks to reassure families in detention and separated "we haven't forgotten them," to warn those in power they won't, and to urge that the fight against separations go on until every single family is reunited. Artist Paola Mendoza calls those separations "absolutely abhorrent" to her as a mom, immigrant, activist and "citizen of this country and the world." "We have to continue to remind people (of) what the Trump administration has done," she says, "and that we cannot be complicit in this moment." She adds the cage she created around the boy is bedecked with flowers in tribute to the mantra, "They tried to bury us - they didn't know we were seeds." The flowers offer "a painful and hopeful reminder" to immigrant families: "We hope and believe they will continue to fight, they will continue to grow, and they will continue to live, no matter how (Trump et al) try to stamp out their lives.”


Father and son at the border. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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