Separation at the border follows nation’s pattern of justice — hit women of color hardest

7ecc8212-9f8a-4d3c-85e7-b5c432084c27-96322JT005_border

The Trump administration’s practice of tearing apart and incarcerating thousands of migrant families in a cruel attempt to deter them from seeking safety in this country is outrageous.

Now, long after a  court-ordered reunification deadline in July, hundreds of families that were separated have yet to be reunited. And a recent report revealed that the Trump administration might not have released full child-separation numbers. Thousands more children than were originally reported may have been taken from their families. And even after that court order, children have continued to be separated.

As the horrors of separation continue, we often fail to consider that women (especially women of color) bear the brunt of the national incarceration crises — including incarcerations at the border. In order to liberate them from this burden, we must empower them.