The US is ripping immigrants' families apart. That's torture

Jessica Valenti
‘The ability to protect your child – to make them feel safe – is as vital as oxygen.’ Photograph: Charles Reed/AP

As a parent, there are few things that haunt your nightmares more than the idea that you might somehow lose your child. That they would be taken from you, and that there would be nothing that you could do about it. The ability to protect your child – to make them feel safe – is as vital as oxygen.

And so I can’t imagine what parents are facing as the US government forcibly separates families in an attempt to punish undocumented immigrants. It’s beyond cruelty – it’s torture. Particularly when you think about what young children, who don’t speak the language and who are in a new country, must be feeling as they’re treated like criminals.

As low as politics in this country has gotten, this beneath even the worst of us. Or at least, it should be.

Glass half full

We got to watch Harvey Weinstein’s perp walk.

What I’m RTing

Who I’m reading

Collier Meyerson on how the child welfare system punished women of color; Linda Holmes on why the New York Times interview with the Arrested Development cast was so infuriating; and Kate Manne reviewing Jordan Peterson.

What I’m writing

On the link between misogyny and mass murder – and why we need to stop ignoring men’s rage.

How outraged I am

On a scale of one to 10, children are literally being abused by the US government and there’s no number that can relay the horror of that.

How I’m making it through this week

Drinks and the long weekend, combined with extra hugs from my kids. But mostly drinks.