100 Words: A peek inside an immigration facility holding kids

Welcome to the first edition of my 100 Words series, in which I'll share some commentary in, you guessed it, 100 words or less.

This morning I read a Twitter thread from MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff, who toured a Texas shelter for detained child migrants yesterday. Nearly 1,500 boys between the ages of 10 and 17 are housed here. “No cells and no cages, and they get to go to classes about American history and watch Moana, but they’re in custody,” Soboroff tweeted.

The thread makes me think about my boyfriend’s son: He turns 11 tomorrow. He didn’t get to choose his parents, who are both Americans. An outcome based purely on chance gave him the opportunity to take freedom completely for granted.