How can America sleep at night when families are being torn apart?

 

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “How can America sleep at night when families are being torn apart?” was written by Jessica Valenti, for theguardian.com on Saturday 16th June 2018 16.30 Asia/Kolkata

I’m having a hard time sleeping. Just last night I was up for three hours, awake in a panic about someone trying to take my daughter from me. The terror wasn’t real for me, of course. My seven-year-old – my child who doesn’t like it when I leave for overnight business trips – was asleep in her bedroom, doing just fine.

Over the course of six weeks, the US government took 2,000 children and separated them from their parents. Children who are confused, in a new country, and without their families. There is no greater shame in this country right now than what is being done to these children – some just infants literally torn from their mother’s breast.

The Trump administration is defending the policy as biblical, as if there could be anything godly about traumatizing and torturing children. I’m glad to see that people have been in the street – last week there were protests across the country. We can’t stop protesting until these families are reunited.

Sleep should not come easily to any of us until it happens.

Glass half full

Thanks to the New York attorney general, Barbara Underwood, Trump and his family are being sued over their foundation’s violation of state charity laws.

What I’m RTing

Who I’m reading

Anna Merlan on the price of coming forward about sexual harassment, Meghan McCarron on the chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s much-criticized move to take over the Spotted Pig after accusations of rampant harassment, and Molly Hennessy-Fiske with a story about the inside of the “prison-like” shelters immigrant children are being kept in.

What I’m writing

If you’re not cursing, you’re not paying attention.

How outraged I am

A widely lauded cartoonist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was fired for creating work critical of Trump and the usual “free speech” warriors are nowhere to be found. On a scale of one to 10 I’m at an eight – but only because I’m so very tired.

How I’m making it through this week

Somehow this slow-motion basset hound had me laughing out loud for a good five minutes.

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I am a veteran journalist based in Chandigarh India.I joined the profession in June 1982 and worked as a Staff Reporter with the National Herald at Delhi till June 1986. I joined The Hindu at Delhi in 1986 as a Staff Reporter and was promoted as Special Correspondent in 1993 and transferred to Chandigarh. I left The Hindu in September 2012 and launched my own newspaper ventures including this news portal and a weekly newspaper NORTH INDIA KALEIDOSCOPE (currently temporarily suspended).