"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


where's the mercy?

Here's an article about a situation so depressing I haven't had the heart to write about it. Why my government feels it's okay to lock up five-year-old children in what amounts to a prison near Austin is beyond me. They can call it whatever they want; if you're locking someone up in a facility against his or her will, it's incarceration.

Lots of people I know are working to help these families, but our country's messed-up immigration policies get in the way of finding a sane and sensible solution to the problem of people who have nowhere to go. An immigration specialist at the CLC is among those who toured the facility, brought attention to the problem, and are advocating for change. I've helped a friend at PAPA try to find a Somali translator. Our church has been able to help with improving the conditions at the detention facility, mostly by donating books and school supplies for the children.

It's not enough. This is a shameful situation. My tax dollars are paying for it. And I don't think that's okay.

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