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Commentary: The Human Cost Of A Broken Border

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This week, we’ve continued to see the disturbing images coming from the detention centers on the southern border. The families keep making the journey from their home countries to the US/Mexico border, risking family separation—and more. 

They are driven by a desperation to flee violence and poverty. But for some, the story brings a bleaker fate. This week, the photographs of the a father and his little daughter who drowned trying to make the journey has created a tipping point for those who believe that the system imposed by the government to process asylum seekers while trying to deter them has finally broken down - A total failure.   

Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides shares her thoughts on that in this commentary. Benavides is a professor of creative writing at Our Lady of the Lake University.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi