Top Stories of 2018: A Permanent Scar on American History

Each day for the next two weeks, we’ll count down 10 of the biggest stories The Chronicle of Social Change published in 2018. In each, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage of this issue.

The vast majority of Americans opposed the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the border.

There was no story about children and families this year more covered by the media than what was happening at our southern border. The Trump administration’s now-defunct policy of separating families at the border, traumatizing children for no reason other than deterrence, will forever serve as a stain on the history of America’s treatment of vulnerable families.

That policy also worsened things for the already challenged Unaccompanied Alien Children program, a federal process that allows Central American minors to live in America while they seek asylum.

Lead Read

Brothers Reunited: Five Hopeful, Fraught Days Inside America’s Immigration Crisis

Two Brothers’ Incredible Reunion

Produced by Chronicle Publisher Daniel Heimpel, these stories combined video and print reporting to tell the story of Yordi and Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, two brothers desperate to be together – and free – in America.

Also Read

From The Chronicle of Social Change staff, a complete condemnation of Trump’s shameful family separation policy.


Sara Tiano on Los Angeles’ efforts to provide a sorely needed resource for immigrant youth involved in asylum claims: legal representation.

John Kelly on the federal Unaccompanied Alien Children program, and what’s really wrong with it.

John Mattingly: New York child welfare agencies should stop working with Trump on unaccompanied minors.

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