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This article was originally published in Shondaland on June 27, 2018. You can access the original article here: bit.ly/2tFzfXx.

The Tahirih Justice Center’s Chief of Policy, Archi Pyati, wrote in Shondaland about the family separation crisis at the border.

“I wish this were a bad nightmare. Instead, this barbaric, inhumane, intolerable practice of tearing children from parents is happening right here in the United States,” said Pyati.

“These policies are legally and morally egregious. But the impact on the ground is even more shocking. Parents are being told by government agents that they have to accept a guilty plea if they want to see their kids again. Or if they make it through the process long enough to have a chance for asylum, parents are told to give up their case and they’ll be reunited with their families. For a parent, being forced to make a choice with no knowledge about the well-being of your child is like having a gun to your head.”

Read the full article here.