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"Send her back! Send her back!"

The chant: Is it merely a case study in collective stupidity or is it a signal of rising fascism? When I look at the viral video -- the latest manifestation of Trumpism and the freeing of good old American racism from the constraints of political correctness -- I can't help but think of the 8-year-old girl I met the other day, who traveled two years with her mother to reach this country from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The child, whose name I can't use because her asylum case is still pending,. This not-for-profit organization was founded a dozen years ago by two Sisters of Mercy to bring hope and crucial aid -- legal, financial, spiritual -- to emigrant detainees warehoused in various detention centers around Chicago.

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