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My dystopian immigration novel is not as far-fetched anymore

By Sabrina Vourvoulias  /  The Guardian

Ironically for the administration’s plan (and befitting the predictive quality of my novel) it might well be that the heartrending photos of those separated and detained children is what actually checks our slide into full-on immigration dystopia.

I am heartened by the level of public outrage the photographs have triggered across the nation. As I stood amid a crowd of approximately 2,000 protesters at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia on Tuesday last week, the willingness to act to stop these breaches of human dignity was palpable.

“The eye is a strange organ,” says Del, one of the characters in my novel. “The true repository of memory.”

I can only hope that the memory of the photos of the children housed in chain-link perreras (kennels) and under reflective emergency blankets in the detention center rooms known as hieleras (freezers) — as well the one of the toddler girl wailing as her mother is patted down — remains vivid in our collective memory long after the news cycle turns to other matters.

Our future as a nation depends on remembering these very images and seeing this moment for exactly what it is. A chance to reverse the course of this administration’s destructive policies.

Let us not allow a dystopian future to be written for us.

Sabrina Vourvoulias is a freelance journalist and novelist.

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