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“I wish I could open your heart.”

Philly kids draw on their anxiety to express what they think about Trump and his immigration plans.
In the weeks leading up to the 2016 president election, Tim Whitaker and his team at Mighty Writers, an organization that teaches kids to write, began to notice something about their Mexican-American students: They were getting nervous. “It was palpable,” Whitaker said. “We saw the kids were increasingly anxious as the election was drawing near for all the obvious reasons. Their families were anxious.”

In the weeks following President Trump’s election, the children’s anxieties grew. “At community meetings, they’re being told what to do if someone came to the door, if their parents get picked up. It’s a lot for kids to deal with. The kids were verbalizing this stuff,” explained Whitaker.

So, the staff decided to do something. Working with Nora Litz, a Mexican-born artist, teacher and community organizer, Mighty Writers gathered 30 Mexican-American kids between the ages of seven and 13, for several Saturday afternoon workshops. The students worked on writing and visual art projects that explain the stories of how their families came to America and how they’re feeling in the current political climate.

“We saw the kids were getting a lot of relief from it,” says Whitaker. “Instead of being in the shadows or scared, they were expressing themselves. They were more angry about it than sorrowful.”
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“We feel that our families will be separated.” “My sister and I feel pressure when we watch the news.”

Zara, 8
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“I wish I could open your heart.”

Yaretzy, 10
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“Don't eat me, Donald Trump.”

Osvaldo, 7
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“I'm taking you to jail.” “I don't want to go!”

Jonathan, 6
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“With Donald Trump there will be no more science.”

Francisco, 11
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“I am scared that Donald Trump will take away our parents.”

Amy, 10
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“The wall will be ready in two and a half months!” “Oh no!”

Amaral, 14
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“Donald Trump's friends: Ha, Ha, Ha.”

Alvaro, 10
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“People just voted for Trump because they want their jobs back. Well, I want our respect back.”

Alma, 10
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“If Congress doesn't want to give me the money for the wall, I'll get it myself.”

Alan S., 13
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“I am scared that my baby sister isn't going to be born in the USA.”

Alan L., 12
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“The Wall! The Wall! The Wall! Oops.”

Sophie, 9
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“Blah, blah, blah, blah. You're fired!”

Sophie, 9
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