From the Colorlines’ website:
“It’s really cold. You shiver from the cold. They just give you a piece of nylon to cover yourself.”
This is how 12-year-old Mayeli Hernández describes her time in the custody of the U.S. government, when she and her 8-year-old sister were detained for crossing the border last July. Mayeli told her story to Colorlines’ Aura Bogado in a chilling video interview. Children like Mayeli, who is from Honduras, have been at the center of controversy as tens of thousands of kids arrive in the U.S. after fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. The Obama administration has vowed to deport them rapidly. Aura’s interview is one of few reports in which the young people speak for themselves.
Today, we also publish a powerful dispatch from Murrieta, Calif, by Julianne Hing. Anti-immigrant protestors have blocked U.S. officials from housing child migrants in Murrieta as they await processing. Julianne speaks with the protestors–some of whom are themselves immigrants–and asks them to explain the striking vitriol they have directed at the young refugees. As Julianne writes, Murrieta provides a bracing illustration of the ways in which race has shaped our immigration debate.
We hope you’ll watch, read and–importantly–share Aura and Julianne’s powerful reporting on the troubling story of child migrants.
Our New Gender Columnist
We’d also like to introduce you to Miriam Zolia Pérez, our new gender columnist.
Pérez is a longtime Colorlines contributor. Among other topics, she’s examined racialized anti-choice billboards, teen pregnancy stigma and the shackling of imprisoned women giving birth. Pérez is a former editor of Feministing.com, the creator of Radicaldoula.com and the author of “The Radical Doula Guide: A Political Primer for Full-Spectrum Pregnancy and Childbirth Support.” She’s also written for The Nation, The American Prospect, More and RH Reality Check. We’re delighted to have her excellence in the Colorlines mix.
Editorial Director, Colorlines
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