Kyle Is Back on the Op-Ed Scene

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It's been years since I've sat down and wrote an op-ed to be published.  I had forgotten how hard it is.  I write my blog posts like I write emails.  I don't fret over every word.  I don't pay attention to the structure. 

With op-eds it's different.  There's a specific formula to them.  I'm sorry to say that my return to formal opinion journalism hasn't resulted in my best work, but it gets the point across.  Without further ado I link you to my first published piece with New America Media.
I was inspired to write an op-ed after I read the New York Times article about the death of Hiu Lui Ng.  Roberto Lovato, who also helped me get my op-ed published, has been one of the most courageous in pushing migrant advocates to keep the focus on how migrants are dying at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in their detention centers. 

I haven't been doing as a good a job at focusing on detention deaths as I should have been, but when this New York Times article came out, I realized why.  Often, I just don't have the courage to read about it.  How sad is that?  Migrants are dying, and I can't even bring myself to read a few paragraphs to educate myself?  The article about Hiu Lui Ng sat in my inbox for days.  I knew what it was about, just I knew what all the detention death articles were about.  Migrant advocates knew this was happening long before the Washington Post and New York Times exposes. 

I just didn't want to go through the pain of exposing myself to the injustice anymore than I had to.  It's selfish really, but at the same time it's the truth of what it's like to do this work.  It wears on you.  It becomes painful to read about the injustice, to dwell on it.  You have to build a firm foundation of love and faith for yourself before you can do it in any kind of emotionally healthy way, and I'm still working on my foundation. 

Either way, this time, realizing how I was selflishly avoiding the pain, I read about the death of Hiu Lui Ng, and it was more heartbreaking that I could have imagined.  I'll leave you to read the New York Times story, and my op-ed, I won't reproduce it here.

I'm going to repost my op-ed in another post.

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