Images of young children being washed ashore en route to Europe and CBP agents tearing toddlers apart from their parent’s tight embrace throbbed through media outlets and into the hearts of global viewers. Movements to “let the kids in” and “keep families together” ensued and after time, became subdued. But what if some of the children arriving at national borders, seeking protection, are not so young and do not strike the same chord as toddlers do? What happens when their “deservingness” is overshadowed by the presumed illegality of their entry and a portrayal of inherent violence from their country? …

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