ZP Heller is currently writing a book about his family's immigration past. He received his MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School, and has been published in The Huffington Post, UPI, Columbia Journal, The Nation, The American Prospect, AlterNet, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. He lives in Philadelphia with his family.

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What If They Had Stopped My Family At The Border?

by ZP Heller 09-18-2018

Recently my mother told me that if the authorities had stopped her family at any point as they fled from Poland, she would have been separated from her parents. They would have survived the horrors of the Holocaust only to face the fresh hell of a Communist regime. That image immediately brought to mind the heart-rending photos from earlier this year of over 2,600 children, from infants to teenagers, being forcibly separated from their parents as they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border due to the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on immigration.