Mother and Child
A commentary on the United States’ current immigration policies, I’ve titled my photographs “DACA Series (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).” We read about the extraordinary numbers—of families torn apart through deportation to countries where their lives are in danger, children separated from their parents and left without nurturing for weeks or months on the concrete floors of inhumane detention centers, and families living in fear who work, contribute to our society, and pay more taxes than our president—but they are more than numbers. They are human beings, like our own families, with histories and love and hope and dreams, and they are carrying this trauma forward in ways that they, and we, will pay for indefinitely.
Carmel Mawle is founder of the nonprofit literary organization, Writing for Peace, and has served as Editor-in-Chief of DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts since 2013. A Pushcart Nominee, her short stories, essays and poetry have been published in literary journals and anthologies, including Smokelong Quarterly and Shake the Tree Anthology.
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