Mojado Caliente Verano Americano / by Matthew Ponder

This summer we found ourselves fixated on hackneyed headlines involving police brutality. Each month offered a fresh account of the events that lead to these tragic shootings and slayings. 2018 isn’t finished and already, over 500 people have been fatally shot by police in America. A surprisingly drastic decline in contrast to last year’s 987, according to a study conducted by the Washington Post. Earlier this year we diverted our gaze from one injustice to the next. America is undoubtedly a country still mired in racism. Such racism was on full display through a discriminatory travel ban and broken immigration policy.

Every legitimate government is entitled to protecting its borders and enforcing a thorough process towards nationalization. Regrettably, the White House did the very opposite this year. President Trump, along with the aid of ICE, detained and prosecuted thousands of illegal immigrants. This lead to the separation of over two thousand children from their legal guardians. There was never an official strategy to reunite these families in a timely fashion as a quarter of those children remain detained at the cost of the American tax-payer. This is a dangerous political game that has surely tarnished our global image. All efforts to hold our government accountable are more important than ever and it’s imperative we continue to pressure our elected officials. They are waiting to hear from us.

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