By Bill Hackwell on June 17, 2018
Protest in Los Angeles against separating immigrant families. Photo: Mario Tama
Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions tightened US immigration policy on April 6 by issuing a “zero tolerance” order against those trying to enter the country without papers, even for those seeking asylum from domestic abuse and violence, 2000 children have been ripped out of their parents’ arms by immigration agents including toddlers and breast feeding babies. Many of these parents do not know where their children are nor do the children know where their parents are.
Recently White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly backed up the policy when he explained that, “the children will be put in foster care or whatever.” This comes at the same time as a new report revealed that there are some 1,500 undocumented children, who have been placed by federal authorities in homes of “sponsors,” and are now missing in the system.
By Atilio A. Boron on June 17, 2018
Campaigners for Gustavo Petro. Photo: Luis Robayo
The result of the second round in the presidential elections of Colombia delivered the victory of the candidate of the right, Iván Duque, who obtained 10,362,080 votes against the 8,028,033 of his rival, Gustavo Petro, candidate of the Colombia Humana coalition. Threatened like never before, the forces of the old Colombian social order regrouped and prevailed by a difference of about twelve percentage points. At the end of the recount, the uribista won 54 percent of the votes while the former mayor of Bogotá reaped 42 percent. The voter turnout was slightly higher than 51 percent, a promising statistic in the face of persistent absenteeism in the polls of a country where voting is not mandatory.
The title of this note fully reflects what is happening in Colombia. If there is one thing to take away from this election is that for the first time in its history the traditional bipartisanship of the right was broken, which had in the past been presented to the electorate masked