A Mission Police Dept. officer and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.

A Mission Police Dept. officer and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order walking back his administration’s policy of separating of children from their families at the border.

More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the southern border of the United States under the government’s “zero tolerance” policy. It’s not yet clear how the order will change enforcement or how families that have already been separated will be reunited.

The separations prompted denunciations from lawmakers and first ladies of both parties. They also led to a moment of reckoning for Americans. A Quinnipiac University poll found that while 66 percent of voters said they oppose the policy that leads to the separation of children from parents, nearly 55 percent of Republicans support the policy.

For all sides, this is a question not just of policy, but of what America is, and will be. What will the country look like in 50 years? Who will it be for?

In this special program, we’ll look at the debate over the border, and the country.

Guests

  • Rabbi Gerry Serotta Executive director, InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
  • Lisa Fortuna Medical director of Medicine and Adolescent Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; @fortuna_lisa
  • Franco Ordoñez White House correspondent, McClatchy Washington bureau; @FrancoOrdonez
  • Anna Galland Executive director, MoveOn Civic Action; @annagalland

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