Perhaps you've already heard it, but here are the sounds of crying migrant children as they're separated from their families at the US-Mexico border. Right now, my six-year-old is excited to see what the tooth fairy will leave him for one of his bottom front teeth when he wakes up tomorrow. Last week, he was planning his Halloween costume. He's always asking how long it is until Christmas. Like so many of us, he lives for the future. Hope for the future is the reason these families are at the border at this moment, desperately trying to escape terrible ends in their home countries. Listen to that audio, and hear the sounds of the Trump administration, a cynical caricature of American leadership that rewards the haves, dismisses the have-nots, and thrusts hopelessness in the faces of the hopeful. Don’t listen to the spin from the media or politicians, listen to the children. —Andrew Womack
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