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July 10, 2018

The Suffering of Central Americans is New to Us?

By Meredith Ramsay

s It seems that U.S. pundits and politicians just discovered Washington’s decisions to harm Central American families. For the New York Times, “separating families…is something new and malicious,” reflecting Trump’s “heartlessness” and violating “fundamental American values.” “This, apparently, is how you turn off the idea of America,” Alex Wagner (The Atlantic) added. The L ...

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It seems that U.S. pundits and politicians just discovered Washington’s decisions to harm Central American families. For the New York Times, “separating families…is something new and malicious,” reflecting Trump’s “heartlessness” and violating “fundamental American values.” “This, apparently, is how you turn off the idea of America,” Alex Wagner (The Atlantic) added. The Los Angeles Times thinks “the administration’s cold-hearted approach to enforcement has crossed the line into abject inhumanity,” departing– so we’re to believe– from past practice.



Submitters Bio:

Meredith Ramsay is a political science professor, now retired from UMassBoston, where she also served as Associate Dean of the Liberal Arts Faculty. She is a writer, musician, gardener, and amateur photographer. Her latest book is Community, Culture, and Economic Development: Continuity and Change in Two Small Southern Towns, published in 2013 by SUNY Press. It is a follow up to her earlier community study published by SUNY in 1996. Her articles have appeared in various books and scholarly journals. Occasionally she also writes metrical poetry, a skill that she ascribes to her training as a musician and her love of words. She has recently taken up practicing her instrument again, and hopes eventually to regain enough proficiency to play chamber music.


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