The little girl is 8 now. She lights a room with her smile. She breaks into dance for no apparent reason, as 8-year-olds should. She asks questions, and listens intently.

Last week in Cicero, she sat with me and Melanie Schikore, executive director of Chicago’s Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, in a small room at the group’s Marie Joseph House, which provides refuge, counseling and assistance to asylum seekers.

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