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Cruelty to children both sides of the border

Cruelty to children both sides of the border

by Carolyn Moynihan | June 18, 2018

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Headlines for several days have been all outrage at the Trump administration's insistence on applying a law separating children from parents crossing the Mexico-US border illegally. Suddenly, everyone is aware of how important it is for children to be with their parents, especially their mother. And it is; what's happening at the border is awful. But, as Michael Cook points below, thousands of children are separated from at least one of their parents every day in the United States, and over 700 of them (a day) are separated from both as they go into foster care, because of family breakdown. Headlines, CNN? New York Times? Anyone?

In New Zealand, the prison population is ballooning at the same time as families disintegrate or are never properly formed, and this is no mere coincidence, as a new report argues. But it is coincidental that today we have a piece by Veronika Winkels about something good that happens in families south of the American border. 

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