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100 Words: The horror of 'tender age shelters'

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

Here are some words that never should be stringed together: "tender age shelters." And yet, the country has at least three of them in Texas for housing migrant children ages five and under who were forcibly taken from their families seeking asylum in the U.S. “Toddlers are being detained,” one advocate said.

I have a lot of feelings about this latest report because I’m a mom. But sadness isn’t enough to compel action. Let me leave you with this: The nonprofit operating some of these child shelters will get more than $458 million this year from the Trump administration.

100 Words: The desperation of migrant children

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

Most of the news cycle today was dominated by the newly enforced “zero tolerance” immigration policy that has ripped migrant children away from their families. It’s heartbreaking and outrageous. One article in particular was powerful: Propublica obtained an audio recording from inside a detention facility, revealing the “desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children separated from their parents” last week.

I won’t listen to the clip; my heart can’t take it. It broke me when my two-year-old daughter used to wail big sloppy sobs whenever she lost sight of me. I can’t imagine the trauma these small humans are enduring—needlessly.

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.