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Women, men and children arrive at a bus station in McAllen, Texas, after crossing the bridge at Hidalgo Pic: Getty

Queues of exhausted families fleeing violence are being told to go home or risk losing their children; and the Supreme Court has just upheld Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’. It’s the United States’ birthday this week, and it’s hard to feel like celebrating

What a strange disconcerting few weeks it’s been in the United States. The Super- Walmart (it’s a Walmart hyperstore, only bigger) in McAllen, Texas, has devoted about an acre of space to selling the Fourth of July back to America.

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