Americans love their children, agonizing about offering them a hopeful path to the future. But since the nation’s beginnings, we have been at once sympathetic to images of childhood and unkind in our treatment of “other” people’s children. For migrants at the southern border, this seeming paradox is playing out once again.
The Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, is being used to house migrant children

In late June, about a year after the Trump Administration officially ended its family-separation policy, a group of lawyers who visited a Texas detention center housing migrant youth were so appalled by what they saw—toddlers without diapers, older children taking care of younger ones, flu outbreaks—that they alerted the media. Since then, we’ve heard from others who have observed the situation at the border. A pediatrician told

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