Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ever the Protectors, Moms Seeking Asylum Need Protection, Too


In one of a series of commentaries in American Prospect on Mother's Day 2015, Nina Rabin writes of the harsh impacts of the Obama administration's family detention policies on mothers from Central America.  In last year’s Mother’s Day Proclamation, President Obama recommended we put our moms first “because they so often put everything above themselves.” He said we should “extend our gratitude for our mothers' unconditional love and support” because “when women succeed, America succeeds.” Obama should have specified that his enthusiasm for moms is strictly limited to American moms. Last summer, his administration systematically locked up over a thousand mothers and children, fleeing for their lives from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. The United States is in the midst of the largest buildup of family detention facilities since the Japanese internment camps during World War II. This will represent is nearly a 40-fold increase from the number of family detention beds that existed just over a year ago, when Obama spoke of “putting moms first.”



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