I have no photos but the same story has played out with multiple people in my life. Always tragic, always unnecessary, always deplorable. We think of our country as welcoming and, for many, a loving Christian haven but it is a cruel place and the cruelty is senseless. Ripping families apart is an expensive and unconscionable priority of our nation. Few Americans feel sympathy or empathy for the immigrants who have no control over their lives and futures. Fewer still will fight for these people or even speak up for them. Our society is hateful and ignorant with no desire to improve or learn. Our current administration is the proof.

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