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Lawrenceville, VA Rejects Immigrant Children as Diseased and Criminal

This was one of the most disturbing nights of filming I have experienced in America since Oct. 16, 2007 in Prince William County, VA (when, after 12 hours of heated public testimony, the Board of County Supervisors voted to fund a law requiring police to check immigration status based on a "probable cause" standard dangerously close to mandatory racial profiling).   Continue reading

World 's Worst Babysitter

In 1985, at the age of 13, I was offered my first job as a babysitter.  For four hours on a Friday night, I would be responsible for 9-year-old Brian Robertson.I tried the toy cars and other games that had entertained me when my parents had hired sitters for me. But Brian soon got hold of a lighter. Rather than snatching the lighter from his hands, I tried to shame and scold him into handing it to me, reciting the wisdom of a talking bear/forrest ranger I knew from Saturday morning cartoons. Continue reading

Uplifting Note from a TEA Party Friend

Today I received a message from a TEA Party friend named David. I know him only through Facebook, but our conversations have been deep. The first message I received from him was in October 2011. He noticed that I was going through a rough spell, and he wrote me this:   Continue reading

An upheaval is inevitable

I come from a tiny village in the far northwest corner of Minnesota. When I was growing up, you waived to the customs officials and border patrol guards, because they knew you and they trusted you. That is now a dim memory, especially since 9/11.     Continue reading

Not a Monster's Daughter

On December 30, 1973, I was born Holly D. Trexler to an eighteen year old young woman in Cleveland, Ohio. On March 5, 1975, I was permanently placed into the home of my adoptive family and my name was changed to Megan A. Collins.   Continue reading