A Cruel Disaster

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 Mother's Day for too many. Art by Ana Juan

As we celebrate our own close-to-home blessings this fraught Mother's Day, we honor the thousands of mothers ripped from their kids by a barbarous regime stupidly impervious to the grief, terror and longtime trauma they've inflicted. There are likely far more than the documented 2,800 families separated under the Monster-In-Chief's "zero tolerance" madness; the Department of Health and Human Services now admits the unconscionable practice began a year earlier, during which time 47,083 children came through the border. Of those, God knows how many these mindless thugs "lost," but at least several hundred remain separated from parents now deported or detained elsewhere. Those kids forcibly removed from their distraught families must now be returned, says a judge who blasted the current "chaotic circumstances of the government's own making," en route pointedly rebuffing the thugs' whining about the "burden" of giving children back to their parents. "Although the process for identifying newly proposed class members may be burdensome," he intoned, "the hallmark of a civilized society is measured by how it treats its people and those within its borders." Happily, he now joins those of us out of fucks to give. May our ranks grow, and Happy Mothers Day.

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Maria Lidia Meza Castro cries as she talks to her 15-year-old son, who she had to leave behind. She was photographed last year running with her two daughters from tear gas fired at the Mexican border.  Photo by Federica Valat

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 Painting by 17-year-old Dominick Cocozza, a Guatemalan boy with heart who was adopted in this country. His painting won a Congressional Art Competition, and will now hang in the U.S. Capitol

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