Deportations Reminds Me of The Slave Auction Block

These immigration deportations look a lot like the breakup of African families on the enslavement auction block in the 15th, 16th, 17th and especially the 18th century.

So sad.

Sad because families are being broken apart in a cold and callous way by the American government. One would have thought that as a nation we learned something about tearing families apart from the days of enslavement that would deter this ever happening again.

Imagine what it must feel like for the children when a parent or both parents are detained by ICE and there is no prospect that the children will ever see their parent again. What happens to these children? Where will they go? Who will nurture them? Who cares about them? Should other American care about the break up of these immigrate families?

Congress and the president must act quickly to stem the break up of these families. Human decency demand no less of our government.

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Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at

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