(Jack Ohman/Sacramento Bee/Washington Post Writers Group 2018)

ON THIS WEEK in history in 1885, the Statue of Liberty, a copper-and-iron immigrant from France that soon rose to become a burning symbol of upholding democratic ideals, arrived in New York Harbor.

And on this week in history in 2018, American cartoonists began turning to the Statue of Liberty — as well as words from the Emma Lazarus poem “The New Colossus” that sits at the statue’s feet — to show that they believe a nation is torching its own democratic ideals over immigration.

As the Trump White House separates children from their immigrant families at the Mexican border, caging them at detention centers, artists are joining the hue and cry over the morality of such actions — as family separations reach as many as 70 a day, as The Washington Post reported.

Here is how some U.S. cartoonists are illustrating these actions as a crisis of conscience:

NICK ANDERSON (Washington Post Writers Group):

by Nick Anderson/WPWG 2018


(Signe Wilkinson/Philly.com/Washington Post Writers Group 2018)

DARRIN BELL (Washington Post Writers Group):

(Darrin Bell/Washington Post Writers Group 2018)

TOM TOLES (The Washington Post):

(Tom Toles/The Washington Post 2018)

KEVIN SIERS (Charlotte Observer):

by Kevin Siers/Charlotte Observer/CagleCartoons.com 2018

ADAM ZYGLIS (Buffalo News):

(Adam Zyglis/Buffalo News/CagleCartoons.com 2018)

CLAY BENNETT (Chattanooga Times Free Press):

(Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times Free Press/Washington Post Writers Group 2018)

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